Brett Kavanaugh poised for confirmation to Supreme Court

06 October, 2018, 09:40 | Author: Myra Gill

Susan Collins (R-ME) who will announce how she is voting at 3:00 pm Friday.

Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Christine Blasey Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering. "She has the latitude to vote against the confirmation".

"If you appear before congress and lie, you're out, and I really wish the senators felt that way", she said.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate, and with the two key senators choosing to vote in favor of Kavanaugh, the confirmation looked locked-in late on Friday. As moderates who support abortion rights, their joint opposition could have been enough to sink Kavanaugh, whose nomination was thrust into uncertainty following sexual assault allegations.

She said a Supreme Court justice had to be "viewed as fair" - a reference to a key final argument against Kavanaugh: that his explosive emotional testimony showed he lacks the temperament to be an "umpire" that he said he had. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska shortly after Murkowski voted "no" on advancing to a final vote.


Hours before the undecided senators indicated their backing, the US Senate narrowly advanced President Donald Trump's nominee to a final vote by voting to end debate on the issue. Her colleague and frequent political partner, Sen. Banks said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's statements about the offer during the hearing confused Ford.

The president claimed billionaire financier George Soros, a frequent target of conservatives, was behind their demonstrations.

Trump, in a tweet Friday morning, criticized what he termed "the very rude elevator screamers", who he said are "paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad!" "Don't fall for it!" he tweeted.

The confirmation process has gripped Washington and the nation, aggravating already deep political divisions with just weeks to go before mid-term congressional elections.

Among those closely watched is Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic who is not running for re-election and has expressed concern about Kavanaugh. Flake spent a large portion of the afternoon reviewing the Federal Bureau of Investigation work and said he saw no new evidence to corroborate any of the claims against Kavanaugh, which Flake had previously indicated would mean he will vote to confirm. More than 350 female attorneys signed a letter calling on Murkowski and Alaska Sen. A floor vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow. On Thursday, 302 people were arrested and charged with unlawfully demonstrating inside the Senate complex. Collins and a group of Senate Republicans reportedly had lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI and that's what she sought to do here", Katz said. The Jewish billionaire is frequently described by arch-conservatives as a behind-the-scenes operator driving liberal and progressive movements - criticisms that have prompted counteraccusations of anti-Semitism. He denies Ms Ramirez's allegations, too.

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