US Senate braces for key vote on Brett Kavanaugh

Larry Hoffman
October 7, 2018

The Senate will vote this morning on whether to end debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

- Murkowski on October 5, 2018, voted against advancing the nomination of Kavanaugh, leaving the Supreme court pick's confirmation hanging by a thread.

A large crowd has gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

It is not a done deal, however. Mr Kavanaugh would actually only need a 50-50 vote, as that would force a tie-breaker in his favour from Vice-President Mike Pence. Yet, given the volatile last two weeks, Kavanaugh supporters will remain guarded until the final vote is cast.

Merkley also thanked Sen.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal.

His praise of the pro-Kavanaugh demonstrators came a day after he tweeted unsubstantiated claims about the anti-Kavanaugh protesters, writing that they were "very rude" and "paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad".

That this long, bitter saga ended on such a close vote with any suspense at all is a testament to the anti-Kavanaugh sentiment that kept all but one of the Democrats up for reelection this year in opposition to him-and to the ruthlessness of Republicans in rushing to a vote the minute a cursory FBI investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh was completed.

But in an op-ed published Thursday he insists he remains the same "hardworking, even-keeled" person as always.

Indeed, Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, indicated he would be open to investigating Kavanaugh after he's confirmed. Two other women also accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago.

The president of ABA, Robert Carlson, did, however, ask senators Grassley and Feinstein in a letter on September 27 that the vote be withheld until the FBI could investigate, citing "the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law".

The accusations as well as Kavanaugh's angry denials and fierce criticism of Senate Democrats widened the US political divide just weeks before congressional elections and raised concerns about the court's reputation in USA society. He denies Ms Ramirez's allegations, too.

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

"His performance in the hearings changed my mind", said Stevens, a lifelong Republican.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and changed Senate rules previous year to end filibusters for Supreme Court nominees.

Capitol Police said the 300-odd detainees were processed on site and released after being charged with offenses such as obstructing a public space or unlawful demonstration.

"The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard", she said.

Republicans defended him. "This investigation found no hint of misconduct", Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said.

Two of the three Republican lawmakers undecided on the nominee boosted his confirmation chances by signaling they believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had done a thorough probe. Among them were three of the chamber's moderate Republicans, Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat up for re-election in conservative West Virginia.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article