Murkowski reveals why bucked GOP in key Kavanaugh vote

Saul Bowman
October 7, 2018

On top if everything else, an old tweet from November 2017 has now come back to haunt Collins.

But when all the votes were cast, ultimately Murkowski voted no and Collins voted yes.

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Sen.

The New York Times said more than 2,400 law professors signed a letter opposing the nomination, saying that at the confirmation hearing Kavanaugh "did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament" required for the Supreme Court.

And he said: "I urge you once again, now for the third time in writing, to turn over the therapy notes, polygraph materials and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence". Murphy believes that boys and men of all ages are now at risk of having their lives sabotaged by false accusations, adding that she thinks all conservatives are now being targeted because of their beliefs.

Within minutes of their announcements, potential political challengers to both Collins and Murkowski emerged.

I can see 2022 from my house.

Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, volunteered herself on Twitter as a Democratic opponent to Collins in Maine.

Midway through the vote, as stoic, stone-faced senators sat speechless around them, Collins and Murkowski began an animated conversation in hushed tones.

In the Capitol, however, both senators won praise from their colleagues.

So unless there's an 11th hour change of heart by either Collins or Sen.


As those Republicans who voted to in his favor, Fallon concluded, "this will be a career-defining decision they will never live down". Steve Daines, who would have backed Mr Kavanaugh, will be at his daughter's wedding. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.

"Fairness would dictate that the claims (by Ford) at least should meet a threshold of "more likely than not" as our standard", she said during her floor speech. She was re-elected in 2016. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations made against him.

Jenna Lowenstein, a Democratic digital strategist who worked for Hillary Clinton's campaign, also said she had enlisted 75 political staffers to help elect Collins's future challenger.

"I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way". "I found Christine Ford's testimony to be very heart-wrenching, painful and compelling".

Kavanaugh, in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal article this week, said he regretted some of his comments.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, another swing vote, voted no in the procedural voting.

In a statement to the Judiciary Committee, Keyser had stated under penalty of perjury that she did not remember any such party as Ford describes and did not know Kavanaugh. Democrats argue that Trump picked Kavanaugh, in part, because he is likely to vote to overturn that ruling.

Immediately after Collins' speech, Manchin of West Virginia issued a statement declaring his support.

The Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday. The leadership will gauge how to handle it based on Friday's cloture vote.

The votes of the four senators are crucial because Republicans control the Senate by a razor-thin 51-49 margin and can afford only one defection. The people love her, and she loves them! The two huddled in deep conversation.

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