Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Kavanaugh poised to win confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon

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Freda Brock | 07 October, 2018, 13:44

Protesters interrupted the final vote on Saturday and people could be heard screaming out "shame on you" from the gallery.

When Ford testified, callers dialed into C-SPAN with their stories of sexual assault.

Image: Judge Kavanaugh being sworn in.

Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.

"I am here because President Trump mocked sexual assault victims", said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.

"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court".

"The Democrats have become the party of crime", the president said as he has several times in recent days.

"We reached an agreement that it had to be done in seven days, the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed to talk to anyone Dr. Ford mentioned, and also Ramirez and anyone she mentioned", McConnell said. And this is what she gave them in return. We don't need that in our divided nation.

Those passions were on full display this week in a fight that could energize both parties' voters in elections for control of Congress just five weeks away.

President Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh had all the echoes of President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Bork in July 1987 to replace the retiring Lewis Powell, whose 16 previous years as a justice had been marked by centrist votes that maintained abortion rights and affirmative action.

It's all expected to conclude Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines.

At a political rally in MS on Tuesday, Trump mocked Ford's account of what she says was a drunken attack on her by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

I am sad because even before the controversies about Judge Kavanaugh's past came to light, he struck me as a nominee whose views on issues like executive power and regulatory authority were so outside of the mainstream of judicial thought, and the views of the American public more generally, and given the current composition of the court, that he would likely move the court to the right to a degree that would damage the court's reputation and legitimacy to a degree that would impair its constitutional function for generations to come.

Melania Trump ends Africa tour, says 'glad Kavanaugh accuser been heard'
As well as the national park, she visited an orphanage and watched a children's performance at the city's national theatre. She has faced a wellspring of criticism for that particular effort in light of the president's often vitriolic tweets.

Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

"It's turned our base on fire", declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby.

He called her vote "disgraceful" and added that he appreciated West Virginia Sen.

"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.

Republicans, with the exception of Sen.

The debate sparked smouldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

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". He accused Democrats of emboldening protesters: "They have encouraged mob rule".

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

McConnell, who stalled Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court in his final year in office and for whom the new conservative majority represents a defining achievement, predicted that Democratic tactics during confirmation battle would electrify Republican voters in November. "No matter what happens this afternoon, I am going to continue to support survivors", Piper says.

In her riveting appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford delivered testimony that came close to derailing Kavanaugh's confirmation. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

Hundreds of her compatriots chanted and waved anti-Kavanaugh placards - one read "This ain't over" - as dozens of officers pushed them back from the doors and then stood guard. He and his defenders asserted that his high school and college focus was on academics, sports and church.

The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament.

He graduated with a law degree from Yale and clerked for Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court.

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