Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle

Elias Hubbard
October 6, 2018

Ford claims Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a small party when the two were in high school, but Kavanaugh denies the claims.

"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", she warned.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

US Capitol Police said 302 were arrested - among them said to be comedian Amy Schumer, a distant relative of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said.

Sarah Palin. While Alaska voted for President Donald Trump by a 15-point margin in 2016, Murkowski was elected with broad support from non-Republican voters.

Kavanaugh's nomination has been imperiled by accusations of sexual misconduct. Chuck Schumer. McConnel scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday. "The fact that the FBI did not interview either Christine or Judge Kavanaugh, by itself, renders absurd any assertion that the investigation was 'thorough'".

Flake had not indicated how he plans to vote on Kavanaugh, but after the procedural vote did signal his intent to vote yes on the nomination "unless something big changes".

Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more "yes" vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court.

In the procedural ballot, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

But the drama wasn't over until Collins delivered a 45-minute speech explaining her reasons for supporting the president's nominee - primarily the importance of the American ideal that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Sen.

With Collins and Manchin publicly on board, Kavanaugh had the votes Friday evening to be confirmed to the high court.

"If you appear before congress and lie, you're out, and I really wish the senators felt that way", she said.

Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins supported the motion, as did Democratic Sen.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would give conservatives a solid 5-4 majority in future legal battles on contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, industry regulation, presidential powers, and gay and transgender rights.

By the time the Senate Judiciary Committee held that hearing last week, Flake said in nationally televised remarks in the Senate that he and both people in the matter had received death threats. And it may have made a difference: The senator told NBC News she did not make her final decision "until walking into the floor this morning".

Collins is expected to announce her final decision in a speech on the Senate floor at 3 p.m., ET.

Her harrowing testimony sparked a delay of the vote and a supplemental FBI investigation on the allegations.

Manchin, a red state Democrat in a close re-election fight, said that while he had "reservations' given the accusations, he did what was "best for West Virginia", persuaded Kavanaugh will "follow the Constitution".

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