Senators Continue Ongoing Discussion About Kavanaugh

Republicans look to have enough votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Sen. Susan Collins said she would back him

Republicans look to have enough votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Sen. Susan Collins said she would back him

He barely survived a procedural test on Friday, when senators voted 51-49 to advance his nomination to a final vote, which is expected to occur around 5 pm (2100 GMT) on Saturday.

Yet Kavanaugh's pathway to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

His arrival on the bench offers the prospect of decades of conservative jurisprudence. He has a decent sized lead in the polls against the Republican, Patrick Morrisey.

Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.

Both parties bemoaned a broken confirmation process - albeit for different reasons - that could have a lasting effect on the Senate and further inflame a nation already polarised by tribal politics amid the cultural reckoning of the #MeToo era.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Critics have objected to Kavanaugh over his sexual assault allegations, as well as his record and statements that have been widely regarded as partisan.

Kavanaugh replaces retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. And I think's he's going to make us all very proud'.

Ford's attorneys were in the Senate gallery for the vote.

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Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, the other senator who had been wavering this week, said Friday he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh unless something significant changes.

Senate Republicans, except for Lisa Murkowski, stood by Kavanaugh in a move that could resonate, particularly with women voters, in the midterm elections to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced they, too, would support Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018. Kavanaugh's behavior during the hearing, such as calling the accusations an "orchestrated political hit" and interrupting senators questioning him, fell short of what is required of those who serve on the Supreme Court, the letter asserts. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was also a holdout, but eventually announced she would be voting yes as well, saying that Kavanaugh told her he believes that Roe v. Wade - a case particularly feared to be overturned if another conservative judge was confirmed - is "settled law." Sen. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said.

Of the four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday - all moderates - Republican Sens. She said she believes voting against Kavanaugh without witnesses or proof could start a "dangerous" precedent.

Senators then endured a rare all-night session to satisfy the requirement of 30 hours of debate following yesterday's vote.

Daines "is walking his daughter down the aisle this afternoon". "I have voted no". The pair was surrounded by colleagues from both parties after Friday morning's vote. "I therefore withdraw my vote".

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