Kavanaugh sworn to high court after rancorous confirmation

09 October, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Carlos George
  • The US Senate girded Friday for a critical too close-to-call vote on moving ahead with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said in a statement. The tweet was widely viewed as a thinly-veiled threat to challenge Murkowski in her 2022 reelection campaign to the Senate.

Minutes after Collins' announced her support, Manchin announced his backing of the judge.

Joe Manchin said he, too, would back Kavanaugh, ensuring at least 51 "yes" votes in the Senate.

The story is expected to conclude on Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines. Joe Manchin of West Virginia - all voted "yes" on Friday.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", she said.

Comedian Amy Schumer and model-actress Emily Ratajkowski were among the more than 300 people arrested at various protests on Capitol Hill on Thursday while senators reviewed the FBI report on the investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"I think what Susan did today was rise to the occasion when the stakes were so high", said Sen.

"He will be an illegitimate justice, and his confirmation will mark a point of no return for the Supreme Court's reputation as the one, apolitical branch of government", Fallon said.

Earlier Saturday, Trump praised Senate Republicans for their work in getting Kavanaugh confirmed and said he believes a speech he made earlier this week attacking the credibility of accuser Christine Blasey Ford helped generate support for the embattled nominee.

Among those closely watched is Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic who is not running for re-election and has expressed concern about Mr Kavanaugh.

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Yarasavage also indicated to Berchem that she had sent Kavanaugh a photo of their group of Yale friends - Ramirez included - from a wedding in 1997 - a decade after the alleged sexual misconduct occurred. Amy Klobuchar. As senators of both parties left the chamber, many lined up to talk to the two women.

Murkowski appears to be the sole Republican senator expected to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation, eliciting criticism from some conservatives.

The last of the undecided votes began falling into place after the senators reviewed a highly anticipated report from the FBI investigating allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. To this day, many Americans believe it was Palin that said "I can see Russian Federation from my house" when in fact the line was delivered by Tina Fey. But on Friday, he followed his party's leadership in voting for cloture and reportedly signaled he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh in the end.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said Murkowski will face political consequences for opposing Kavanaugh.

A final vote has been set for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Susan Collins, who sits next to Murkowski, leaned over and put her hand on the arm of Murkowski's chair.

Those legal arguments evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982 when both were teenagers.

Flake said he would vote against Kavanaugh if the investigation found the allegations were true or that the nominee lied during his confirmation hearing.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

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