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McConnell: Kavanaugh confirmation among my proudest moments

Susan Collins US Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh nomination
Freda Brock | 07 October, 2018, 20:57

While Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in, in a private ceremony, protests continued outside, with some even rushing to the doors and banging on them in fury.

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".

Kavanaugh, a father of two, strenuously denied the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who says he sexually assaulted her when they were teens. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent.

Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve. "Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior", Ramirez said. "I disagree that he's not the right guy at the right time".

The bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has exacerbated the nation's political divide and left many Americans emotionally raw.

"I can tell you that he enthusiasm and the love and the feeling in the Republican Party right now is higher than I've ever seen it", Mr. Trump said.

She was torn after a process she said was neither fair to Kavanaugh nor satisfactory for victims of sexual assault.

It was a signature moment in Murkowski's political career, which has spanned almost two decades.

"It's turned our base on fire", declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. She won and returned to Washington with a fresh perspective, having secured a major victory without owing any of it to party leadership. She had spoken about Kavanaugh with Collins and other colleagues before deciding to go her own way.

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Collins wasn't the only senator to announce a plan to vote yes in the full vote tomorrow. The state's governor and lieutenant governor came out against Kavanaugh in late September, citing concerns that he posed a threat to health care protections and Native American tribal government, in additions to worries about the allegations he faced.

Some Democrats have indicated Kavanaugh could face investigations or even potential impeachment if they win control of the House and possibly the Senate but Hirono distanced herself from those demands, saying she was focused on the November congressional elections. It was Kavanaugh's fiery testimony, charged with partisan accusations, that swayed her. "I think we owed it him". Asked Saturday whether that factored into her vote, Murkowski replied, "Every one of us brings experiences, life experiences to the position that we hold here". Just as fake news thrives on creating a false equivalence between its own lies and the truth, the forces of authoritarianism and division in United States political life will be strengthened if they can drag the court down to their own level.

"I'm glad that those who try to overturn the rule of law and replace it with mob rule lost. Praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country".

When Sen. Jeff Flake cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!"

Brett Kavanaugh swears in at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

The results on the upcoming midterm elections seem to be complicated.

The Senate is split 51-49 in favour of the Republicans and the vote will be largely along party lines. "If he were present and voting, he would have voted aye", Murkowski said during the roll call vote.

"They're going to go to the polls and vote differently".

Later, Collins delivered a speech formalising her support for Kavanaugh. A few staff lingered on the outer edge of the floor and just two reporters were in the press gallery above.

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