How a Kavanaugh confirmation could impact you?

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2018

Kavanaugh's confirmation would be a big victory for Trump just weeks before the November congressional elections - giving the court a 5 to 4 conservative majority for legal battles ahead - on abortion, immigration, and transgender rights. But protesters overran the barricades and defiantly claimed the Capitol steps.

Murkowski, on the other hand, announced earlier Friday that she did not intend to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27.

Melania (meh-LAH'-nee-ah) Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But he said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution". As the clerk read names in alphabetical order on a procedural vote to move the nomination forward, all eyes were on Murkowski.

Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018.

The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests.

The vote to invoke cloture was 51-49.

Collins' dramatic decision, laid out in a almost 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, pushed Republicans over the edge and became a turning point for Kavanaugh.

"I think what Susan did today was rise to the occasion when the stakes were so high", said Sen. Flake demanded the limited FBI investigation last week after being cornered in an elevator by screaming protesters moments before a Senate Judiciary Committee vote to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. Democrats argue that Trump picked Kavanaugh, in part, because he is likely to vote to overturn that ruling.

Even so, Collins said she hopes the ugly fight over Kavanaugh's confirmation will raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault.

"This started out as a debate over judicial philosophy - now it's turned into a referendum on the me too movement - galvanizing women who see it as a reflection of their own experiences with sexual harassment". That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted. They also sought to paint him as a justice that would swing the court deeply to the right.

The first lady also would not say if she believed Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh. Steve Daines, who will be at his daughter's wedding in Montana.

Collins has a reputation as a moderate and a pragmatist who rarely trades in the fiercely partisan rhetoric of colleagues on both sides of the aisle and often seems an odd fit for a party taken over by Trump.

Kavanaugh repeatedly denied Ford's allegations and condemned Democrats for drilling down on his teenaged drinking and yearbook postings.

"But Democrats had pointed to not only the sexual assault allegations, which they described" but also questions about Kavanaugh's temperament during the hearing last week and whether he had lied about his drinking during high school and college, and what certain references in his high school yearbook meant.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.

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