Arrests on US Capitol steps ahead of vote on top judge

07 October, 2018, 03:05 | Author: Carlos George
  • Murkowski’s No Vote on Kavanaugh Shows High Pressure on Both Parties

Flake was the Republican from Arizona who engineered the last-minute delay so the FBI could conduct its week-long supplemental background investigation into the Kavanaugh accusations by three women.

Protesters disrupted the vote several times, shouting at senators before being escorted away as Vice President Mike Pence, who would cast a "yes" vote if tied, presided.

The quick swearing in enables Kavanaugh to begin work immediately in advance of arguments at the court Tuesday in two cases involving prison sentences for repeat offenders. But he said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution".

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.

Protesters could be found inside the U.S. Capitol as well.

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 Saturday during a historic roll call vote in the Senate chamber. They chanted, "Vote them out!"

"I was closing my eyes and praying - praying for them, praying for us". It's up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to determine when to hold the vote, according to Senate rules and whenever he thinks he has the votes.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes. A number were arrested as they crossed fencing surrounding the main Capitol building and sat in on the front steps on the east side of the Capitol.

Today's vote will boost Donald Trump's drive to secure conservative dominance of the United States' highest court.

On Thursday evening, a day before the Senate is set to vote on whether debate over his nomination will be curbed, Brett Kavanaugh's op-ed for the Wall Street Journal tried to convince America he's impartial, despite having a "sharp" tone last Thursday. The investigation was granted by Republican leaders, and on October 5, Senators voted 51-49 to end the debate and go forward with the confirmation vote.

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McConnell credited the protests in the Capitol, at lawmakers' homes, in restaurants and at airports for unifying Republican lawmakers and the party's voter base.

"There may be people with power who are looking the other way, but there are millions more who are standing together, speaking up about personal experiences of sexual violence and taking action to support survivors", Ramirez said.

In a furious attack on the judge, he said: "When the history of the Senate is written, this will be a flashing red warning light".

"I do hope it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small, gracious steps can lead to more", Murkowski said.

The confirmation allows Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the congressional elections saying that he has kept his 2016 promise to mould a more conservative American judiciary.

In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, Collins argued that while the eleventh-hour sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh were plausible, they did not meet the necessary standards of evidence to overcome Kavanaugh's right to the presumption of innocence. Mr Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations. She said she believes voting against Kavanaugh without witnesses or proof could start a "dangerous" precedent.

Gillibrand says women who've experienced sexual trauma are "tired of the same old scenario where the men are believed and the women are not". She told reporters that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time". Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted with the Republicans despite "reservations" about Kavanaugh's character and the accusations against him.

As the debate entered its final hours, the divisions between Republicans and Democrats festered.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?" We heard belligerence. We heard evasiveness.

Republican senator Lisa Murkowski will be the only member of her party to oppose the nominee.

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