Flake ends weeks of wavering, is expected to vote to confirm Kavanaugh

Larry Hoffman
October 8, 2018

Collins announced on the Senate floor this afternoon that she would vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, prompting angry Democrats to float names of candidates who might face the fourth-term incumbent.

He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation would tilt America's highest court in favour of conservatives.

Now that Kavanaugh has cleared the procedural vote, his confirmation, political observers believe would be easy, unless a major last-minute hiccup pops up.

In Minnesota this week, Trump launched his latest rhetorical attack on the political storm surrounding Kavanaugh's confirmation by saying Democrats were "trying to destroy" the Court of Appeals judge and predicting they would pay a price in the November elections.

With 50 senators voting "yes" and 48 senators voting "no", Kavanaugh was confirmed with a almost party-line vote and one of the narrowest margins ever.

In the case of Kavanaugh, even if the House did proceed to impeach him, it would take the consent of two-thirds of the Senate to remove him.

He said if Democrats took power, he would expect the committee to immediately subpoena records from the White House and the FBI, which conducted an abbreviated supplemental background investigation into two of the misconduct claims.

While she respects her colleagues' support for Kavanaugh, Murkowski said, "I also that think we're at a place where we need to think about the credibility and integrity of our institutions".

"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!" the president tweeted afterward.

"I think that the tenor and the content of the letter is not a radical statement", said Mary Davis, a United Kingdom law professor.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination.

The suspense over whether Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court associate justice is likely to end this weekend, after Republican Sen.

Kavanaugh had been accused by three women of sexual misconduct while he was in high school and college more than 30 years ago - charges he angrily denied. "I have been wrestling to-to really try to know what is fair and what is right and the truth is none of this has been fair", Murkowski said Friday, adding, "I believe we are dealing with issues that are bigger than a nominee".

In a twist, Murkowski said she would state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen.

"Just cast my vote for Judge Kavanaugh getting him one step closer onto #SCOTUS". "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him", he said. But now it isn't good enough for you.' Well, it wasn't good enough for me. Democrats said the resulting investigation fell far short of legitimacy.

"Several of my friends who are undecided have not returned my calls in the last day and that typically is a way a senator tells you they're busy deciding", Coons said.

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