Final Judge Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote Occurs Saturday: Watch Here

Aaron Brown
October 8, 2018

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "We're very honored that he was able to withstand this awful, terrible attack by the Democrats".

Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".

Republican Roger Allison, Butterfield's 1st Congressional District opponent in next month's general election, had not publicly reacted to the Kavanaugh vote Saturday afternoon.

Republican Senator Susan Collins, who voted for Kavanaugh after a cliff-hanger, said it was a "confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional, it looks more like a caricature of a gutter-level political campaign than a solemn occasion".

He continued lashing out at Democrats when he rallied supporters in Topeka, telling them "radical Democrats" have become "an angry, left-wing mob" and "too risky and too extreme to govern".

In a floor speech later on Friday, Murkowski expressed sympathy for both Ford and Kavanaugh.

That appears to indicate the Garland rationale wouldn't apply if a Republican president has a Republican Senate majority.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions. Protests against Kavanaugh - who will now serve a lifetime appointment after overcoming credible allegations of sexual assault, which he denied - continued outside the Capitol and Supreme Court during the ceremony. "Women will not forget this".

Trump stood behind Kavanaugh throughout his the accusations, for the most part. "Big day for America!" he tweeted. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary. The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.

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The fight ended up less about judicial views than the sexual assault accusations that riveted the nation and are certain to continue a national debate and #MeToo reckoning that is yet to be resolved.

In the Senate chamber, the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests from the gallery. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

Earlier in the day, a large crowd gathered on Capitol Hill shouting "Vote them out!"

Bash pressed Collins on the matter, noting the senator's critics would point out that she gave more credit to Kavanaugh's testimony that he was innocent rather than believing Ford's account.

A number of conservatives, including President Donald Trump, have said they found Ford's testimony convincing, but doubted that she had identified the correct man as her alleged attacker.

We still have a long, long way to go toward a society where the stories of survivors are lifted up and treated with the dignity they demand.

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

After threatening to vote no for Trump's tax bill in December, he eventually changed his mind to help the reform pass by a 51-48 margin. Some discussed how the confirmation felt as a blow for sexual assault victims speaking out. "They know that the senators who are making these confirmation decisions are the people who are elected by their voters, and so as voters they have a role to play".

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said. Jeff Flake of Arizona, followed by Republican Sen.

The sexual abuse allegations against Kavanaugh did not derail his confirmation. They said he also seemed too ready to rule for Trump in a possible federal court case against the president.

Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a small house party when the two were teenagers, and detailed her allegations under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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