Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

Aaron Brown
October 8, 2018

Manchin announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, in spite of "reservations" about the allegations and the nominee's temperament. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted "no".

Tensions on Capitol Hill have been high this week, particularly on Friday, as the Senate voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republican Sen. Steve Daines has a scheduling conflict for Saturday - his daughter's wedding - but has said he will make it back to vote yes for Kavanaugh. And this is what she gave them in return. Collins did not find Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh to meet even this standard.

On privacy, healthcare, executive power, and his ability to fairly judge the president who nominated him, Donald Trump, Collins one-by-one addressed Kavanaugh's opponents' concerns. That previous vote was to limit debate, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will get a vote probably Saturday.

The source said that the White House believes Murkowski will ultimately be a "no", but Manchin, Collins and Flake will all vote "yes".

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, caused a stir Friday afternoon when she tweeted "Me" when another former Obama official asked who could challenge Sen. Flake later said he intends to vote "yes", "unless something big changes".

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

In fact, the first of the accuser Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, and Kavanaugh made dramatic appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to present their case.

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For days, protesters had targeted the office of Sen. And he has reason for a "yes" vote: Manchin, who voted for Gorsuch's confirmation, is up for reelection in a state that Trump won in 2016. "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said. McConnell said a vote for Kavanaugh showed that the Senate was "a chamber in which the politics of intimidation and personal destruction do not win the day". The self-described "most centrist Democrat" is also up for re-election this year.

Grassley was pulled off the Senate floor by an aide so that he could expand on his remarks, at which point he explained that the committee's intense partisanship and heavy workload have made it a less glamorous post for any senator.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was roiled by allegations from several women that he had sexually assaulted him decades ago, when he was in high school or college with them.

"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", she said.

"This behavior revealed a hostility and belligerence unbecoming of someone seeking to be elevated to the Supreme Court", she said.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".

If Democrats flip the House in November, which, according to polling, looks quite likely, some have indicated they will support an investigation into Kavanaugh and could draft articles of impeachment.

"I think Flake took a lot of heat, but he's a human being and most human beings were affected by those hearings", Rose said.

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