Senate vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Aaron Brown
October 7, 2018

The group of about 150 who somehow got around the newly-erected barricade were among about 2,000 protesters - a lot of them women - outside the building where senators were to vote mid-afternoon.

The quick swearing-in enables Kavanaugh to begin work immediately in advance of arguments at the court Tuesday.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake, the Republican who stalled Kavanaugh's nomination process by wielding his leverage to call for the Federal Bureau of Investigation review, announced he would vote for Kavanaugh unless something major changes before Saturday.

"The Senate confirmation process is not a trial".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday. "Vote them out!" and carried signs including "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!". People on the steps of the Capitol chanted "vote them out!" and "the whole world is watching", messages that at times met with jeers and boos from others in the crowd.

On Friday the Senate voted along party lines to remove the last obstacle to holding a decisive vote this weekend.

The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Murkowski, 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".

Today's vote will boost Donald Trump's drive to secure conservative dominance of the United States' highest court.

Republicans control the Senate by a meagre 51-49 margin.

McConnell credited the protests in the Capitol, at lawmakers' homes, in restaurants and at airports for unifying Republican lawmakers and the party's voter base.

Melania Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"We know the Senate is better than this".

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With divisive cases on abortion rights, immigration, transgender rights and business regulation headed for the court, Kavanaugh likely would give conservatives the upper hand.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

Kavanaugh was also accused of sexual misconduct by Debbie Ramirez, a former Yale classmate, who said that he allegedly exposed himself to her, thrusting his penis in her face.

In her statement, Ramirez went on to thank the witnesses who were not questioned by the FBI as part of its investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh. "I don't believe the facts show it was Brett Kavanaugh", said Manchin.

Following the claims, Kavanaugh said in a statement: 'I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation.

As the debate entered its final hours, the divisions between Republicans and Democrats festered.

Trump said on Saturday he was "100 percent" certain that Ford named the wrong person when she accused Kavanaugh.

Addressing the intensity of the opposition from protesters and Democrats, McConnell said: "We've literally been under assault by the mob". We heard belligerence. We heard evasiveness.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

On Friday, in the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful, and compelling". But the GOP has the votes to successfully confirm Kavanaugh.

In a procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans an initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

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