GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Saul Bowman
October 7, 2018

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was immediately challenged by a former Obama administration official who was upset over the announcement that she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She later said that it had been a very hard decision, but that she did not believe it was the "right time" for Kavanaugh to be seated on the court.

Murkowski said later that although she opposes Kavanaugh she will ask to be recorded as "present" during Saturday's confirmation vote to accommodate Republican Sen.

Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more "yes" vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court.

Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Mr Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

The road to final confirmation became clearer on Friday morning when Kavanaugh survived a crucial procedural vote 51-49 in the Senate and Collins and Flake lined up with their Republican colleagues - an outcome that was in doubt up until the last minute.

With Collins voting yes, Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but certain.

"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said. And Collins said an Federal Bureau of Investigation report issued Thursday that found no evidence corroborating Ford's story gave her no reason to deny Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Two key Republican senators said they were satisfied with the FBI's background investigation report on October 4, and said it didn't corroborate the claims of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.

Kavanaugh is now set to have the votes needed to be confirmed.

As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted "Shame on you", Manchin told reporters an FBI investigation that did not find corroborating evidence of Ford's accusations was thorough.

The vote caps a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his Supreme Court nominee. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

Joe Manchin on Friday after he announced he'll vote yes to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, drowning him out as he tried to explain his decision.

"Who wants to run for Senate in Maine?"

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME joined with almost all of her GOP colleagues and Democratic Sen.

She says she adheres to a presumption of innocence, and does not believe they reached a threshold of certainty. This is ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein.

"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!". "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said".

On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia "s seat".

"Our Supreme Court confirmation process has been in steady decline for more than 30 years", Collins said.

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, a Democrat, both indicated their backing for the judge on Friday.

She has been noticeably warm toward Kavanaugh since Trump nominated him in mid-July, despite her promise that she would not consider a nominee who is hostile to Roe.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

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