Senate approves Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court

08 October, 2018, 08:03 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Murkowski’s No Vote on Kavanaugh Shows High Pressure on Both Parties

Truth be told, Collins isn't really a centrist: she has a very conservative voting record and voted to confirm Trump's 2017 Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Manchin announced he will vote in favor of the judge's confirmation.

A petition to have Kavanaugh impeached was started immediately after he was voted onto the Supreme Court by the group Free Speech for People.

The Maine senator is under enormous pressure to vote for Kavanaugh, and she has indicated that she is leaning in that direction.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

The vote closes out a bitter struggle over Kavanaugh's nomination, inflamed by accusations that he sexually assaulted women in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and said that his reputation and his family have been "permanently destroyed by vicious an false additional accusations".

Other Democrats on the committee have made similar statements, but constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley, however, said it would be a "dreadful idea" to investigate and possibly impeach Kavanaugh. One woman held a sign saying "Predators Club" with pictures of Kavanaugh, Justice Clarence Thomas and President Donald Trump.

The FBI submitted its investigation early this week, which was then sent to the Senate for the lawmakers to have a look at it and have an informed decision.

"The more insane that comes out of the White House, the better it is for Democratic engagement across the country", Mack said.

Murkowski acknowledged she agonized over her vote, telling reporters she didn't make up her mind until she walked into the Senate chamber.

Gillibrand says that after the way Anita Hill was treated by the Senate during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, "we said it would never happen again".

In a dramatic Friday morning vote, the Senate moved to end debate on the Kavanaugh nomination and advance to a final confirmation vote, which could take place as soon as Saturday. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary. "However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, 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". More than 300 have been arrested in anti-Kavanaugh protests this week in the nation's capital.

Collins' speech was immediately interrupted by protesters in the Senate gallery, who chanted "vote no", indicative of the enormous pressure she faced to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican, who's repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".

Confirmation for Kavanaugh would be a crowning achievement for Trump, who with a victory could cast the court in a right-leaning direction for decades. They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September.

Murkowski waits to board the Senate subway vehicle as she heads to her office after listening to Collins declare she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination.

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