Protesters rally outside Sen. Cory Gardner’s Denver office ahead of Kavanaugh vote

Glen Norman
October 8, 2018

A sharply divided Senate - reflecting a deeply divided nation - voted nearly entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Murkowski's vote, however, could always be offset by Manchin's if he votes to confirm the nominee.

Republicans "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result", he added.

Under pressure from wavering fellow Republicans, GOP leaders agreed to an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that absorbed the nation as Ford nervously recounted her story and said she was "100 per cent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. She is the first Republican to break with the party, joining most Democrats in opposing Kavanaugh.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man".

ASSOCIATED PRESS  SEPT. 27           Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington
ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPT. 27 Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

"I go back and look to that, it is pretty high that a judge shall act at all times, not just sometimes when you're wearing your robe, but all times in a manner that promotes public confidence", Murkowski said. This, after a vote Friday morning, October 5 to move forward on the Kavanaugh confirmation vote.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes". Kavanaugh vehemently denied all those claims.

Kavanaugh's confirmation vote is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. A hitch arose Thursday when Sen. One GOP senator was absent during the vote because of his daughter's wedding thousands of miles from Washington, D.C.

Democrats paraded to a almost empty Senate chamber overnight and into Saturday to lambaste the nominee.

Yet Kavanaugh's pathway to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced they, too, would support Kavanaugh.

"I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Senator Collins told lawmakers in a speech from the floor of the chamber.

Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Barack Obama, tweeted she would consider challenging Collins in 2020, saying she was deeply disappointed in Collins' vote.

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On Friday evening, Sen. Accusations from several women remain under scrutiny, and House Democrats have pledged further investigation if they win the majority in November.

"Before left-wing outside groups and Democratic leaders had him in their sights, Judge Kavanaugh possessed an impeccable reputation and was held in high esteem by the bench and the bar alike", Grassley said. She said that though she "will be a no tomorrow", she will vote "present" out of respect for Sen.

A little more than two hours later, Kavauangh was sworn in during a private ceremony as protesters stood on the court's steps.

"We saw a man filled with anger and aggression", Feinstein said. A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a later date, the Supreme Court also said.

This comes as Deborah Ramirez said on Saturday the senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this awful, disgusting attack by the Democrats".

"We are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions", Nadler said in an interview with The New York Times on Friday.

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