Trump Reacts To Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation

Republican Senator Susan Collins will vote to confirm Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination

Republican Senator Susan Collins will vote to confirm Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination

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.

Recommended News

  • Key red state Democratic senator to vote no on Kavanaugh

    Key red state Democratic senator to vote no on Kavanaugh

    Underscoring the hardening partisan lines, one of the two undecided Democratic senators said she would oppose Mr Kavanaugh. AP reporters Mary Clare Jalonick, Matthew Daly, Padmananda Rama, Kenneth Thomas and Catherine Lucey contributed .
    Trump says Saudi King wouldn't last two weeks without USA  support

    Trump says Saudi King wouldn't last two weeks without USA support

    Speaking at a campaign rally in Mississippi, Trump said: "I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you. But oil prices seem to be getting in the way, especially as benchmark Brent crude oil is near $85 a barrel - a four-year high.
    Predictably, America wasn't thrilled with the nationwide Presidential Alert test

    Predictably, America wasn't thrilled with the nationwide Presidential Alert test

    A senior FEMA official estimates 225 million cellphones will receive the Presidential Alert notification Wednesday at 1:18 EDT. Only phones that are WEA compatible, turned on, and within range of an active cell tower will actually get the message.
  • Virat, Jadeja Cross Mega Milestones on Day 2 vs Windies

    Virat, Jadeja Cross Mega Milestones on Day 2 vs Windies

    Rajkot: West Indies lost Shai Hope for 17 runs, but Kieran Powell continued his good form as he neared a half-century. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets in an otherwise toothless West Indies bowling attack.
    Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Classmates Dispute Heavy Drinking Claims

    Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Classmates Dispute Heavy Drinking Claims

    Judge is one of multiple people the FBI has already interviewed as part of its reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh. In the police report, Kavanaugh was questioned about apparently "throwing ice" at a man, an action that he denied at the time .
    Nigerian cargoes struggle for buyers as oil prices hit $84

    Nigerian cargoes struggle for buyers as oil prices hit $84

    In November, the global benchmark has seen a fall of about 2.8%, with WTI down 3.2%. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures settled at $73.25 a barrel.
  • Greenlight comment adds to Tesla losses from Musk mocking SEC

    Greenlight comment adds to Tesla losses from Musk mocking SEC

    Even without the latest controversy, Tesla "has been driving along the edge", said Tim Higgins at The Wall Street Journal . Following the SEC's regulatory action against Musk , Tesla's board said it remains fully confident in his leadership.
    Chinese Spies Infected Apple, Amazon Using Tiny Chips

    Chinese Spies Infected Apple, Amazon Using Tiny Chips

    In its lengthy statement, Amazon said: "We've found no evidence to support claims of malicious chips or hardware modifications". Apple for its part has already issued a statement strongly refuting all the claims made by Bloomberg in their report.
    Amazon just raised its minimum wage to $15 for all employees

    Amazon just raised its minimum wage to $15 for all employees

    Amid low pay and reports of poor working conditions , Amazon had always been a target of minimum wage activists and progressives. The company's rapid growth requires "a lot of recruitment which is becoming increasingly hard in a tight labor market", he said.
  • Trump hails 'wonderful new trade deal' with Mexico and Canada

    Trump hails 'wonderful new trade deal' with Mexico and Canada

    Trump announced Monday that the United States and Canada had reached an agreement on trade. Nafta governs more than $1tr (£767bn) in trade between the two and Mexico.
    Pence details Chinese election-meddling claims in speech

    Pence details Chinese election-meddling claims in speech

    China said a Chinese warship had been sent to warn the United States vessel to leave an area of irrefutable Chinese sovereignty. China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions.
    Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

    Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

    Mary's Medical Center, where she delivered Easter baskets to young children. "It's really, really touching", she said. She spent about 10 minutes inside the dark, cramped dungeon where male slaves were housed.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.