Hundreds protest outside Supreme Court ahead of Brett Kavanaugh vote

Glen Norman
October 9, 2018

Since sexual assault is predominantly experienced by women and nonbinary people - one in six women, for example, will experience rape or attempted rape in her lifetime, according to RAINN - Kavanaugh's opponents hoped that Collins and Murkowski might take the allegations against him more seriously than their male colleagues, especially since they had shown a willingness to break party lines in the health care debate.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process has been particularly divisive for the Senate: Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed with support from both Manchin and Heitkamp, as well as Indiana Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support him. "Steve Daines" (R-Mont.) 'yes" vote, in essence canceling out their opposing votes, allowing Daines to attend his daughter's wedding instead of the session without worrying about the final verdict coming down to his deciding vote.

During Friday's proceedings, Sen. He has repeatedly praised Kavanaugh as an excellent jurist.

Fifty senators voted in favour, with 48 against, to appoint 53-year-old Mr Kavanaugh to the court for life.

Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assaulting a young woman when he was a teenager. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump called Kavanaugh to congratulate him while onboard Air Force One as he headed to a campaign rally in Kansas.


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 frightful, awful attack by the Democrats".

Along with Jeff Flake of Arizona, Collins and Murkowski were considered to be the Republican senators most likely vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. You could see how hard she worked, how hard she was working. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Democrats at last week's hearing.

At the request of Democrats and a Republican senator the Federal Bureau of Investigation was called in to look into the allegations - but was unable to corroborate their stories.

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said, "The Senate has been an embarrassment".

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry.


"I share the deep anguish that millions of Americans are experiencing today", he said.

He also criticised Democrats for what he called a "horrible, disgusting attack" on his nominee. They're both purportedly in favor of reproductive rights, which has been a major sticking point for Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.

Protesters and activists had been a ubiquitous presence on Capitol Hill in recent days. Police cleared the steps and the Capitol Plaza, and the protesters headed back to the Supreme Court.

But Republicans said that the fight had motivated the conservative base ahead of the November midterms.

"It's been a great political gift for us".

"I think she feels good about the fact that she came forward and did what she felt strongly was her civic duty to do, which is to provide the information she had to the Judiciary Committee so that they could make a better decision - a more informed decision", her attorney Lisa Banks told ABC News' Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce.


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