How a Kavanaugh confirmation could impact you?

Aaron Brown
October 10, 2018

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?"

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is one of the vital swing Republicans on Kavanaugh's confirmation, said that she will vote yes on the motion to pass cloture and that she will reveal her vote whether to confirm Kavanaugh later Friday afternoon. Sen.

Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking, making him the only Democrat supporting the nominee.

Some Republicans, and Kavanaugh himself, have called the allegations against him part of a smear campaign to keep him off the bench.

Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.

"I never thought Judge Kavanaugh would withdraw", McConnell said during the interview with The Post.

After weeks of intense debate that has gripped the nation, the conservative appeals court judge on Friday won vows of support from two centrist senators, leaving no clear path in the Senate for Kavanaugh's opponents to block him.

Hours after his Supreme Court pick was sworn in Saturday, President Donald Trump said on Fox News that those who made up "false" stories about Brett Kavanaugh should be penalized.

The Alaska senator expressed dismay at the acrimony in Kavanaugh's confirmation process and said on the Senate floor, "I am really anxious that this becomes the new normal, where we find new and even more creative ways to tear one another down, that good people are just going to say forget".

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Trump told reporters outside the White House that he "looks forward to talking" with the deputy attorney general on the plane. The President visited Orlando after his second Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in over the weekend.

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Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh.

The vote to confirm Kavanaugh, when it comes, will reconcile a cause that has unified and electrified the conservative movement dating to its rebirth as a modern political force led by former President Ronald Reagan.

"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. "They're waiting to see whether or not, when a woman comes forward and says that she is a survivor of sexual assault, does this chamber, do the individuals here take her seriously?"

In a twist, Murkowski said she will state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. "I found Christine Ford's testimony to be very heart-wrenching, painful and compelling".

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court". "You can bet it's going to be an impact and have instantaneous affect because they can overturn any federal or state or local law they deem unconstitutional", said Jon Price, history and political science professor at Penn State York.

Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president's "favorite for SCOTUS", he said. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

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