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

US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Site highlights each day to your inbox. Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call.

"On this vote the yeas are 51, the nos are 49".

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

Some Republicans, and Kavanaugh himself, have called the allegations against him part of a smear campaign to keep him off the bench. Meanwhile a Senate debate ensues on the Senate floor.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, say their client is not interested in murmurings that Democrats may seek to impeach Kavanaugh if they reclaim the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Kavanaugh has had his record and character constantly scrutinized and attacked by Democrats, media figures, and activists since President Donald Trump nominated him on July 9.

"They've been after all of us". Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

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".

Dozens of people crowded into Ms Collins's office pleading with her staff to tell the senator to oppose Mr Kavanaugh, to no avail. Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has enflamed political passions.

In the end, all but one Republican, Sen.

In a twist, Murkowski said she would state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen. Enough senators have indicated they will support him Saturday to put him over the edge, with a likely margin of two votes.

The procedural vote on the Kavanaugh nomination is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh's nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors' gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

"Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner's lenient sentence, stating that she particularly was bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.", Koegler said.

Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had faced similar political pressure heading into Friday's key vote on Kavanaugh's high court nomination. Exactly one month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention.

Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation", he said to roars, thanking Republican senators for refusing to back down "in the face of the Democrats' shameless campaign of political and personal destruction". "We have a lot of work to do".

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