Backing from senators puts Kavanaugh on track for U.S

Glen Norman
October 7, 2018

Earlier today, protesters seated in the gallery also repeatedly interrupted the Senate confirmation vote.

The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley went on the offensive by releasing statements this week meant to discredit Ford.

President Trump said he is "100 percent" certain that Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in testimony during his Supreme Court nomination hearings.

"The Me Too movement is real". Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation.

Trump said the protesters were not genuine, but had been paid by liberal political donors and that his party would prevail in November when one-third of the Senate seats and all House seats will be up for election.


"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", he wrote.

Kavanaugh will be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he will replace, the Court's crucial swing vote, Anthony Kennedy.

"Senators claiming to want a dignified debate should not repeat lies constructed by the Judiciary Committee that were cynically created to win support for Judge Kavanaugh". Murkowski broke with her party in voting to block his confirmation, and later delivered an emotional impromptu speech explaining why she had voted against ending debate.

The final vote was 50-48, nearly completely down party lines with Sen.


"The crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is tiny, looks like about 200 people (& most are onlookers) - that wouldn't even fill the first couple of rows of our Kansas Rally, or any of our Rallies for that matter!"

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, chanting, "November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors".

Kavanaugh's path to confirmation became clear Friday afternoon when Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who told reporters that while she believes Kavanaugh is "a good man", she also felt the confirmation process had become about something "bigger than a nominee".

"When future Americans look back at these proceedings, let them draw no lessons from the Senate's conduct here", said Sen.

Though the fight to confirm Trump's pick is now official over, the impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation will have a lasting effect.


They held signs reading "Kava Nope" and "Shame, Collins", the latter a reference to the announcement by Sen. President Trump would have to submit another nominee. He led Trump's commission that investigated voter fraud - ultimately failing to uncover evidence to back the President's claims. The Republicans and Democrats both get 15 of those 30 hours to talk, debate etc...but at the end they have to vote. Kavanaugh vigorously denied the allegations. "What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI". What was the point of the vote Friday morning? The committee would also seek to interview Kavanaugh's accusers and the dozens of potential witnesses they identified in recent days, most of whom were not contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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