Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'

10 October, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Kim Reid
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And in a statement issued soon after Collins spoke, Manchin explained he was supporting Kavanaugh notwithstanding the "serious accusations" leveled against the judge and lingering questions about Kavanaugh's temperament.

Collins' dramatic decision, laid out in a almost 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, pushed Republicans over the edge and became a turning point for Kavanaugh.

In Egypt Saturday, during her first solo trip overseas, First Lady Melania Trump told reporters that she has told him to put his phone down and stop tweeting and that she doesn't always agree with the president's sentiments.'I don't always agree with what he tweets, and I tell him that, ' she told reporters.

Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him despite weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests.

The stage was set for Saturday's final confirmation when the Senate ended debate on the nomination on Friday with a procedural 51-49 vote - a move cheered by Trump, who said he was "very proud". "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

Kavanaugh's elevation could also spike Democratic enthusiasm in midterm elections in just five week - especially in House races.

Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee, under oath, that he had not heard of or discussed Ramirez's allegations before her story appeared in The New Yorker.

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Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia - also saying they'll vote yes, giving Kavanaugh the 51 votes he needs to be confirmed.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said Murkowski will face political consequences for opposing Kavanaugh.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh.

Now that Senate passed its cloture motion, the final vote on confirmation will sometime on Saturday.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican.

In a much anticipated speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins said that she believed that Ford was a survivor of sexual assault.

The second time Koegler said Ford brought up the assault was in an email on June 29, 2018, two days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation.

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She added, KRON4 reports , "As devastated and as sick as we were, this was one of those moments where you just have to laugh". The couple saved for a year to pay back a family member for University of Utah football season tickets.

Murkowski in contrast, defied her party and voted against advancing the nomination. Flake announced Friday morning that he would support Kavanaugh's confirmation, reiterating his statement of support the previous week. But I think Sen. "It's a wake-up call to why it's important to hold the Senate".

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims. The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid".

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks.

Koegler said in a signed declaration that Ford, a Palo Alto University professor, told him about the alleged assault in 2016, around the time former Stanford University student Brock Turner was sentenced for raping an unconscious woman. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

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