Kavanaugh steps away from being confirmed as US Supreme Court judge

08 October, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Kim Reid
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Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted "no".

The near party-line Senate vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied.

Complicating matters, the office of Republican Steve Daines said he was planning to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday. She said she would vote to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward, which was met with screaming and accusations by protesters. Collins did not find Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh to meet even this standard.

Mr Kavanaugh - President Donald Trump's pick for the prestigious role - has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past week after he was accused of sexually assaulting a number of women.

The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays and moving the chamber toward a climax of a fight that has captivated the country since summer.

Democrats said Kavanaugh would push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump should the president encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign.

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Republicans need every vote they can get, so the Manchin yes to advance to a vote has some Democrats and Republicans on high alert, especially as a result of the Murkowski defection from how her fellow Republicans went.

Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

While the vote was a victory for the GOP, lawmakers can vote differently on the climactic confirmation roll call, which seems likely today.

For days, protesters had targeted the office of Sen.

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.

Numerous defiant protesters said they felt powerless but swore next month's midterms would change that. "It will not change the outcome of the vote" Murkowski said on the Senate floor on Friday night. The self-described "most centrist Democrat" is also up for re-election this year. That gave him enough Senate support to win confirmation after a bitter, partisan battle. She specifically dismissed the accusations made by Julie Swetnick as "outlandish" (despite the fact that Swetnick was questioned by neither the Senate nor the FBI).

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"We would have to investigate any credible allegations of perjury and other things that haven't been properly looked into before", he said.

Rice then added, "Many thanks for the encourgement".

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".

"I think Flake took a lot of heat, but he's a human being and most human beings were affected by those hearings", Rose said.

The reaction has been swift, with former President George Bush and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders both tweeting their support for Collins.

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