Senate Cuts Off Debate on Kavanaugh, Making His Confirmation All But Certain

Ken Starr during his swearing-in for the impeachment hearings in the house....Rebecca Roth/@Roll Call

Ken Starr during his swearing-in for the impeachment hearings in the house....Rebecca Roth/@Roll Call

"There is simply no reason to deny Judge Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court based on the evidence presented to us", Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on the Senate floor before the vote.

The Senate on Friday finally concluded weeks of contentious debate over President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh, voting 51-49 to conclude debate and setting up a Saturday vote on his confirmation. This is ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein.

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally". If a simple majority of the upper chamber votes in favor, the Senate will be able to advance to a final confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

Minutes after Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) indicated that she will vote yes to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow, a crowdfunding effort raising funds to unseat her in 2020 crashed.

Collins said the accusations against Kavanaugh "fail to meet the more-likely-than-not standard".

After the vote, dozens also were arrested outside Republican Senator Jeff Flake's office. Flake, a frequent Trump critic, was instrumental in getting the president to order the FBI investigation last Friday. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who voted to advance Kavanaugh, said she will announce her decision on confirmation later Friday. "I'm grateful to the FBI for their efforts in doing a thorough, very important investigation".

Before the cloture vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Kavanaugh's nomination was un-American.

UNITED STATES- SEPTEMBER 27 Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. points at the Democrats as he defends Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States focus
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The Alaskan senator's vote was the latest example of the independent streak she forged since overcoming a Republican primary challenge in 2010 to win re-election as a rare write-in candidate. "From their own public statements, we knew that to be false, and nothing in this report changes that". Kavanaugh's partisan comments were not the result of an unscripted outburst.

One Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted with Republicans to end debate and move the nomination forward. She called the appeals court judge eminently qualified, adding that his judicial philosophy is well within the mainstream.

Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to announce Thursday that she would oppose Kavanaugh. She also cited Kavanaugh's angry behavior and criticism of Democrats at last week's hearing on the allegations. Kavanaugh wrote that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".

"The issues of sexual assault and sexual abuse are just very raw right now for Alaskans, and because the rates are so high, more and more people are finding their voice to say, 'Stop ignoring us, '" Johnson says.

On Thursday afternoon, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens told a small gathering in Boca Raton, Florida, that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The other two nominations made with the president and Senate in different parties went more smoothly - George H.W. Bush's nomination of David H. Souter and Reagan's nomination of Anthony M. Kennedy, the man Kavanaugh has been nominated to replace.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of the U.S. Congress from the Republicans. 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.




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