Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Clears Crucial Senate Hurdle

07 October, 2018, 03:05 | Author: Kim Reid
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The United States Senate has confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote.

Trump weighed in shortly after the roll call was announced, tweeting, "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".

If the vote goes as expected, Kavanaugh will become President Trump's second appointment to the Supreme Court, creating a conservative 5-4 majority on the nation's highest court for years to come.

Kavanaugh replaces retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"He will be a great Justice of the Supreme Court", Trump said, before leaving the White House for a rally in Topeka, Kansas, that is now likely to turn into a raucous victory lap. The vote comes after Kavanaugh faced accusations of sexual misconduct from Ramirez and other women. Mr Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

Collins, who voted earlier to move Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote, was one of four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday.

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Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh had gathered on Saturday on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed.

"From the start of this process, I promised my constituents that I would look seriously at Judge Kavanaugh's record and cast my vote based on the facts I have before me and what is best for West Virginia". With his confirmation on the line, Kavanaugh's op-ed could be his final effort to influence senators' opinion of him and his qualifications.

It was most obvious when it came to the law regarding a woman's right to choose to end a pregnancy, something Collins says she supports.

In the pivotal moment Friday, Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a Senate floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes. "I believe he is a good man, it just may be that in my view he is not the right man for the court at this time", she added.

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally". The investigation was granted by Republican leaders, and on October 5, Senators voted 51-49 to end the debate and go forward with the confirmation vote.

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Collins' Republican colleague, Sen. And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers.

The chamber voted 51-49 to move forward with President Donald Trump's nominee.

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.

Trump said on Saturday he was "100 percent" certain that Ford named the wrong person when she accused Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump has congratulated the U.S. senate following the win. FEMA said there are a few reasons people may not have received the message, including if they were taking a call or using their phone at the time. Steve Daines of Montana will not be in attendance if there is a Saturday vote because he will be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

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Ford testified last Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland. How many years ago? "'What neighbourhood was it in?' I don't know". 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know.

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