Brett Kavanaugh just took a BIG step toward the Supreme Court

Cheryl Sanders
October 6, 2018

Among them were three of the chamber's moderate Republicans, Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat up for re-election in conservative West Virginia.

It's actually been in session throughout the night covering the issue, although the debate has taken place in a largely empty chamber.

"After going through all those difficulties, the members of the court were just wonderful people to a person", Thomas said in an appearance at the Library of Congress earlier this year. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

"Millions of Americans, millions of women are watching us today", said New York Sen. You do not get to say you believe her, but not that part.

It looked like Collins might oppose Kavanaugh given her comments that she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet last month criticizing Christine Blasey Ford.

Federal agents are believed to have spoken to five witnesses regarding Prof Ford's accusations and another four other witnesses involving a separate accusation by Deborah Ramirez, who said the nominee had exposed himself to her when they were both at Yale University.


"I'm pleased the Senate has moved closer to confirming Brett Kavanaugh to serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice". The tweet was a reference to an infamous "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Tina Fey, portraying Palin, said she could see Russian Federation from her house. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". The showdown drew raucous demonstrators - largely anti-Kavanaugh - to the Capitol, where they raised tensions by repeatedly confronting lawmakers despite an intensified police presence.

There was concern among Republicans that Daines's absence could cause a last-minute problem in the expected vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

In his testimony, Kavanaugh complained about "a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election".

Senator Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".


Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.

That means Kavanaugh could be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of the weekend.

Three female GOP senators - Jodi Ernst of Iowa, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS, sat directly behind Collins as she spoke. 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. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby. Enough senators have indicated they will support him Saturday to put him over the edge, with a likely margin of two votes.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh. "If she doesn't, we absolutely have the right to prepare to unseat her given everything Judge Kavanaugh would do on the Supreme Court to make life worse for ME women, Mainers with pre-existing conditions and Mainers who care about fabric of our democracy". Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Murkowski had already announced her intention to vote "no". If there is a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would break it in favor of Kavanaugh.

Collins insisted that her procedural vote for Kavanaugh in the morning had nothing to do with the decision she made in the afternoon, which was delivered through her floor speech and dispersed in writing to inboxes soon after that.

On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia "s seat".


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