Senate nears final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Senate nears final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Senate nears final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks. "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.

She described her decision to oppose Kavanaugh as "agonizing", and said that while she hopes he will be a "neutral arbiter" on the court, he was not "the right person for the court at this time".

Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, in Washington on October 5, 2018, after the Senate voted to move to a final floor vote.

Dianne Feinstein of California, that committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic Judiciary panel hearing should "worry us all", citing "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee.

Some protesters returned to the steps of the Capitol in the early afternoon and an undetermined number were detained. "Susan Collins just made a huge choice to ignore her constituents and survivors (of sexual assault)".

On Friday, Flake voted to end debate and advance Kavanaugh's nomination for a final vote.

More importantly though, it was the Democrats who in 2013 set the wheels in motion of what is now an entirely partisan judicial confirmation process when they invoked the so called nuclear option and abolished the 60-vote rule that practically ensured that nominations could only be passed with significant bipartisan support.

Yet with the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, Republicans will be enthused to turn out in greater numbers as well, pundits say - in elation at the confirmation, and also partly in a backlash to the #MeToo movement. What's more, Kavanaugh will take up his post knowing that numerous people that will be impacted by his rulings do not believe him personally and do not believe he is impartial as was evidenced by the fact that his final confirmation was repeatedly interrupted by protesters.

On Friday the Senate voted along party lines to remove the last obstacle to holding a decisive vote this weekend.

As Judge Brett Kavanaugh moved closer to a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic U.S. Sen.

With Collins voting yes, Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but certain.

Trump's reference to Soros, who has supported the US Democratic Party for years, appeared aimed at inciting more support and anger from the president's conservative Christian base.

Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence.

He did well as his initial confirmation hearings, avoiding any pitfalls during two long days of gruelling questions.

Trump's promise during his 2016 campaign to put conservatives on the Supreme Court reinforced his support among Republicans.

Kavanaugh's success or failure hinges on a handful of key Senate voters, including West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who broke ranks to vote "yes" in Friday's vote and Maine Republican Susan Collins, who, in a 45-minute speech on the Senator floor, said she would vote "yes". But it wasn't clear at the time that she would be a "yes"' for the nominee.

Kavanaugh responded Thursday night, on the eve of Friday's vote, with an extraordinary opinion article in The Wall Street Journal. They also challenged the veracity of some of his Judiciary Committee testimony. The committee would also seek to interview Kavanaugh's accusers and the dozens of potential witnesses they identified in recent days, most of whom were not contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Democrats branded the investigation as a whitewash, saying that the FBI failed to pursue leads and interview witnesses who had relevant information.

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