Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

07 October, 2018, 07:36 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Republican Sen. Steve Daines right will attend his daughter Annie's wedding left on Saturday in Montana. He will be back at the Capitol to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the high court if his vote is needed

U.S. Capitol Police arrest protesters from the steps of the Capitol in the hours ahead of a scheduled U.S. Senate vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, U.S. October 6, 2018. The same sense of dread spread in the Senate, as lawmakers texted each other about their concerns.

"He's just an extraordinary person. and I think he's going to make us all very proud", Trump added.

But his nomination blew up completely last month when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, publicly came forward with allegations that Kavanaugh tried to rape her in high school. By Saturday afternoon, more than $3.2 million had been pledged by more than 108,000 people on Crowdpac for a candidate to run against Collins in 2020 should she vote for Kavanaugh.

He added that he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh was something positive.

The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881, when Stanley Matthews, President James Garfield's pick, sealed a 24 to 23 win.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.

Under the pairing arrangement, the senator in the duo who is present and voting - in this case Murkowski - announces that she or he has "a pair" with the senator not in attendance. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

But while Kavanaugh's past rulings on access to abortion and contraception may hint at an end to Roe v. Wade, his presence on the Supreme Court doesn't necessarily guarantee it.

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But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

The FOIA request will be filed for the actual report, as well as communications the Federal Bureau of Investigation had with the White House and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Kavanaugh's confirmation is devastating as unresolved questions remain about his human rights record, including in relation to the US government's use of torture and other forms of ill treatment, such as during the Central Intelligence Agency detention program", Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International USA's director of security with human rights, said in a statement.

Trump also called Kavanaugh, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, en route to Kansas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

"Once I did that it started to sail through", Trump said. Trump tweeted that the demonstrators included female Kavanaugh supporters who were "gathering all over Capitol Hill".

At a hearing marked by bitter partisan acrimony, Kavanaugh was forced to defend himself against an allegation of sexual assault dating back to when he was a teenager. "I'm also concerned about the impact on the court". To vote to confirm Kavanaugh, you would have to be confident that he wouldn't abuse his power.

"It is definitely something that I will be seriously considering, although it will probably wait until November 6 to really dig deep into really exploring that", Gideon said.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.

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