Senator vows Kavanaugh vote won't keep him from Daughter's Montana wedding

Elias Hubbard
October 9, 2018

Frances said that while she knew the hearing was about the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh rather than his teenage drinking habits, the alcohol consumption could well have played a role.

Republican Lisa Murkowski voted not to move the nomination ahead.

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

Flake, who is not running for re-election, frustrated his fellow Republicans last week by forcing the GOP leadership to agree to an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations.

"I think that the MS speech had a great impact, yes - I think it was a very important thing", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a political rally in Topeka, Kansas.

"President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Bush said in a statement in July. Amy Klobuchar. As senators of both parties left the chamber, many lined up to talk to the two women. That's barring a last-minute change of mind. Those allegations magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. In 1881, Justice Stanley Matthews prevailed in a vote of 24-23.

Among current justices, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was the closest, with a vote of 52-48.

Further complicating matters for the Republican leadership, Senator Steve Daines was set to be at his daughter's wedding on Saturday and has said he will not miss the ceremony. That previous vote was to limit debate, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will get a vote probably Saturday. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation.

Initially, it was unclear whether that meant he would support Trump's nominee to the nation's highest court.

The first lady is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa. She pointed to what she saw as inconsistencies and lack of corroboration in Ford's story and said they fail to meet the "more likely than not" standard.

All but one Republican lined up behind him, arguing that a truncated FBI investigation turned up no corroborating witnesses and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

In an angry rebuttal later that day, Kavanaugh said the accusations were part of a "political hit" by Democrats. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the Democrats who take to the Senate floor early Saturday to rail against Kavanaugh.

Republicans hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Hours before the expected roll call vote that would elevate the appeals court judge to the nation's highest court, Democrats are making clear their strong opposition.

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, caused a stir Friday afternoon when she tweeted "Me" when another former Obama official asked who could challenge Sen.

Kay Coles James, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the vote "a victory for liberty in America" and called Kavanaugh "a good man and good jurist". John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican who has been aggressively lobbying undecided senators to vote for Kavanaugh, also came over and touched Murkowski on the shoulder as they spoke. There, the federal judge earned just enough support to advance to a final vote on his confirmation.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seemed assured to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

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