Trump Reacts To Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation

Murkowski’s No Vote on Kavanaugh Shows High Pressure on Both Parties

Murkowski’s No Vote on Kavanaugh Shows High Pressure on Both Parties

While the vote was a victory for the GOP, lawmakers can vote differently on the climactic confirmation roll call, which seems likely today.

In a procedural vote Friday, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate and send the nomination to the full Senate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

Collins added she will announce her ultimate decision on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 3 p.m. ET Friday.

Protesters could be found inside the U.S. Capitol as well. We can fight and fight and we may not see the results right away, but we will see them.

The group of about 150 who somehow got around the newly-erected barricade were among about 2,000 protesters - majority women - outside the building where senators were to vote mid-afternoon.

Pumping their fists and carrying signs, a few hundred people climbed the east steps of the Capitol for the demonstration. In between, a line of Capitol police officers is standing with plastic handcuffs clipped to their belts.

The editorial board said that Kavanaugh "poisoned any sense that he could serve as an impartial judge", following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27.

But Mr Trump doubled-down on his backing for Mr Kavanaugh and pointed to a counter-protest held to support the judge. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago.

But will the vote match the closest in history?

Shortly before the vote, Trump tweeted that Kavanaugh would be a great Supreme Court justice. In 1881, Justice Stanley Matthews prevailed in a vote of 24-23.




Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available in case his tie-breaking vote was needed. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him on the court".

The first lady is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa.

The investigation took place after Flake requested it following testimony from Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Collins went over all the arguments against Kavanaugh, including his judicial record and the allegations of sexual assault. Senate Minority leader Charles Schumer urged people to get out and vote in November.

Addressing the intensity of the opposition from protesters and Democrats, McConnell said: "We've literally been under assault by the mob". Per the Wall Street Journal, Grassley returned to reporters and said that he meant that neither women nor men wanted to deal with the workload. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who told reporters that while she believes Kavanaugh is "a good man", she also felt the confirmation process had become about something "bigger than a nominee". He's emphatically denied the accusations.

- Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 6, 2018To survivors in CT & around the nation: I know this day is especially painful for you, but please know that we stand with you.

Only Collins appears to believe that Kavanaugh considered Roe v. Wade "settled law" or that he was deeply committed to preserving precedent, something legal scholars say is inconsistent with the way the Supreme Court works.

Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh a formality. That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, opposing forces that left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.

Their backing gave him the 51 votes necessary for confirmation, with the Senate expected to vote to confirm him on Saturday afternoon.

President Trump beamed over Kavanaugh's confirmation as he belittled the demonstrators.

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