Friday, 14 December, 2018

Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'

Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2018, 09:41

After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court on Saturday.

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie.

"I never thought Judge Kavanaugh would withdraw", McConnell said during the interview with The Post. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh's nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors' gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter".

Trump was in Kansas to campaign for Kris Kobach, secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas.

The Senate voting 51 to 49 to advance his nomination.

Their testimony led to a brief FBI investigation into the matter, which Senate Republicans have said prove the allegations against Kavanaugh can not be corroborated. Bush, in fact, had spoke repeatedly to Collins over the past few weeks and reassured her about his character and temperament, a person familiar with the conversations says. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court.

Collins' speech was immediately interrupted by protesters in the Senate gallery, who chanted "vote no", indicative of the enormous pressure she faced to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. Ahead, the most biting reactions of them all.

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Senators Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, waited until Friday to announce how they would vote.

The Senate vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is certain to be close, even if the outcome is no longer suspenseful.

The stage was set for Saturday's final confirmation when the Senate ended debate on the nomination on Friday with a procedural 51-49 vote - a move cheered by Trump, who said he was "very proud". They also sought to paint him as a justice that would swing the court deeply to the right.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

"There are a minimum of 7 additional people, known to the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who knew about the assault prior to the nomination who were not interviewed", Koegler wrote. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

Melania (meh-LAH'-nee-ah) Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has enflamed political passions.

Kavanaugh was accused by Ford in September of committing sexual and physical assault while they were both at a party in high school.

The Kavanaugh saga however also forced the GOP to come down on the opposite side of the #MeToo movement, that has forced society to give greater credence to women who make allegations about powerful men and is now a significant political force.

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