Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice

Cheryl Sanders
October 8, 2018

MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake on Friday seemed to be over and done with Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins' "will-she-or-won't-she" schtick, as Americans waited for her 3:00 pm announcement about how she would vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In a procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans an initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. But she said his actions Friday - the closed office, a "yes" in a preliminary vote and his plan to vote yes Saturday - made it increasingly hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, say their client is not interested in murmurings that Democrats may seek to impeach Kavanaugh if they reclaim the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Murkowski and Manchin were two of the final holdouts on how they would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, along with Republican Sens.

The FBI concluded its investigation into Kavanaugh late Wednesday night.

"Judge Kavanaugh has received rave reviews for his 12-year track record as a judge, including for his judicial temperament", she said.


During the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate last week, Sen.

"What I can speak to is when victims of sexual assault and violence go to their Congress people - when they go to their senators and they ask for their information to be confidential, I think that that's a request that needs to be respected", Katz said.

Daines, a Montana Republican who has supported Kavanaugh's nomination, has been scheduled to attend his daughter's wedding on Saturday for months and made it clear he wouldn't be skipping the ceremony.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters on Friday that she didn't decide to vote against advancing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination until she reached the Senate chambers that morning.

Ryan in Redmond said that while he supports the judge, both the idea of a Kavanaugh confirmation and the idea of Kavanaugh losing out on the Supreme Court seat are "scary for both reasons".

Senators are reviewing the confidential and highly anticipated Federal Bureau of Investigation report, but the general feeling is that the report provided little information that would change any votes.


In a twist, Murkowski said she would state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen.

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

But he said he believes Kavanaugh will "determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

When Mr Trump nominated Mr 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.

Rob in Bellevue said that he doesn't identify as a Republican or Democrat, but agreed that Collins' speech was incredible.

"Several of my friends who are undecided have not returned my calls in the last day and that typically is a way a senator tells you they're busy deciding", Coons said. Murphy believes that boys and men of all ages are now at risk of having their lives sabotaged by false accusations, adding that she thinks all conservatives are now being targeted because of their beliefs.


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