Senate moves to final vote on controversial Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Larry Hoffman
October 7, 2018

Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the GOP leadership, said he would be "very surprised" if Murkowski switches her vote.

He said: "I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court".

"Based on all the factors we have before us, I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh has earned this seat", she said.

In this image from video provided by Senate TV, Sen.

WASHINGTON -After the Senate moved to advance Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation Friday morning, the spotlight fell to four conflicted senators who held the fate of President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.

Collins' announcement was instantly met with widespread outrage.

But that evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982, when both were teenagers.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry. After all, even George W. Bush, not a friend of Trump, supported Kavanaugh and lobbied key senators like Susan Collins.

Sealing the deal were yes votes from Republican Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

More importantly though, it was the Democrats who in 2013 set the wheels in motion of what is now an entirely partisan judicial confirmation process when they invoked the so called nuclear option and abolished the 60-vote rule that practically ensured that nominations could only be passed with significant bipartisan support. They urged Senators not to confirm the nomination of Kavanaugh given sexual assault allegations against him.

The final vote was 50-48, nearly completely down party lines with Sen. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said. A floor vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow. "I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic". "It just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time", Murkowski told reporters.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seemed assured to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Although protests on Capitol Hill and in front of the Supreme Court were expected to continue ahead of Saturday's vote, Democrats seemed to concede defeat, and after the long, bitter fight, reaction on both sides was relatively muted.

And they said his record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.

Koegler wrote back, "I remember you telling me about him, but I don't remember his name".

"We owe it to the people of America to return to a less rancorous process".

Collins said she found Kavanaugh's accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford "sincere, painful and compelling. And where is the respect?" she said.

Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 27, 2018. A final confirmation vote could come as early as Saturday. None of the individuals Professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night.

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