Joe Manchin, a Democrat, to Vote Yes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Sergio Conner
October 9, 2018

Another, Republican Lisa Murkowski, said she had not made up her mind on her final vote but suggested she might oppose Mr Kavanaugh. They were surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote.

Mr 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!".

For example, say you are a Republican, from a left-leaning state like Maine.

Trump appointed Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy in July.

In theory, Kavanaugh could be confirmed, sworn in and sitting on the mahogany bench in the traditional black justice's robe by Tuesday, when the court is next in session.

The FBI reached out to 10 witnesses, although nine were ultimately interviewed, according to senators and the White House.

Republicans control the Senate by a meagre 51-49 margin. The session was presided over by Pence. "He assured him that he will be back in vote yes if needed", Daines' spokeswoman, Katie Schoettler, said Friday.

A FBI report sent to the Senate on Thursday said that based on its one-week supplemental background investigation, there is no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations made against Kavanaugh.

Under pressure from wavering fellow Republicans, GOP leaders agreed to an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that absorbed the nation as Ford nervously recounted her story and said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom." she said. "I think she feels like she did the right thing", Banks said.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago while they were both in high school.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, wavered but also backed Kavanaugh.

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Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from MA , said the nomination fiasco was an "abysmal definition" of how the system ought to work. Meanwhile, Christine Blasey Ford continues to live out every example of why survivors so often don't come forward.

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"Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent", the campaign, hosted by Crowdpac, is titled.

"He will be an illegitimate justice, and his confirmation will mark a point of no return for the Supreme Court's reputation as the one, apolitical branch of government", Fallon said.

Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump. Impeachment requires a majority vote in the House, and a conviction requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", she said.

In the hours before the vote, police arrested demonstrators who had broken through barriers around the Capitol and tried to climb the building's steps. "Sit down and be quiet'". McConnell said a vote for Kavanaugh showed that the Senate was "a chamber in which the politics of intimidation and personal destruction do not win the day". Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court would solidify a conservative majority on the court for the foreseeable future.

"The presumption of innocence and fairness do bear on my thinking and I can not abandon them", she added, calling Mr Kavanaugh "an exemplary public servant". "I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did". She next faces voters in 2022.

The Republican senator from ME, one of four undecided senators who held Kavanaugh's fate in their hands, said she will support his confirmation on Saturday, all but ensuring that a deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women decades ago. And to cut them off in the Senate, you need 60 votes to do it.

She told reporters that Mr Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".

Collins announced her decision in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, much of which was spent refuting Democratic criticism that Kavanaugh would overturn the Affordable Care Act or Roe v. Wade.

Frances in Lynnwood said that Kavanaugh's response to the allegations struck her even more than the accusations themselves.

The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote on Saturday appeared to increase after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry. "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

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