Collins: 'I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was' Ford's assailant

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2018

It represents the culmination of a decades-long project by the conservative movement to construct a like-minded majority on the Supreme Court which has been a defining and unifying cause in successive congressional and presidential campaigns.

He also criticized the protests on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Ford's attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks spoke to CNN on Saturday, shortly after Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in a almost party-line votes as protesters screamed from the gallery.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted "present", offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter's wedding.

As Manchin - who is up for re-election in November in a state won by President Trump by more than 40 points - cast his vote, female protesters in the gallery began yelling.

Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democrat expected to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Sen.

Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, awful attack" that "nobody should have to go through". The final two speeches came from Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the seat on the high court previously occupied by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy in July, Bush praised Trump's selection. Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath. When combined with the opinions he joined written by his colleagues, senators had over 11,000 pages of judicial decisions to examine in assessing Kavanaugh's fitness for the High Court.

In the end, Republicans were able to use their stranglehold on Capitol Hill and the White House to muscle through the confirmation in a power play that reflected the momentous importance of Trump's 2016 election victory over Hillary Clinton.

Senators sat at their desks during Saturday's roll call, rising when it was their turn to vote. In the debate preceding the vote, senators sounded as though they were describing two different men.

Democratic Senator Edward Markey countered, saying Kavanaugh has been a "rubber stamp for a far right-wing agenda". Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the 53-year-old Kavanaugh a victim of "an ugly left-wing smear campaign" and charged Democrats with character assassination. That was followed by a letter submitted to the Judiciary Committee by one of Ford's longterm ex-boyfriends, who said in their six years of dating, she never showed any fear of flying - even as they flew together on a plane - never demonstrated fear of enclosed spaces, and never once mentioned any previous sexual assault.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact". "As I looked over at them, at all of them hanging out, practically celebrating, I thought, 'Let's see how you feel the day after the election'".

The most high profile of these allegations was that of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor who claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the summer of 1982.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

It's not known if Kavanaugh heard the protesters.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?"

Pumping their fists and carrying signs, a few hundred people climbed the east steps of the Capitol for the demonstration.

Earlier today, protesters seated in the gallery also repeatedly interrupted the Senate confirmation vote. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police.

Speaking after the vote, McConnell said the protests against Kavanaugh over the past several weeks have "turned our base on fire". "We must work in a civil and forthright way on behalf of the American people who elected us to represent them".

'I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!' Trump said as the crowd cheered.

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