Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

Susan Collins of ME said Friday she will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, all but ensuring that a deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women decades ago.

"The Democrats may not like the outcome of the vote but over 50 senators are expected to be satisfied with his record and confirm this nominee". The tally was 51-49.

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

Gillibrand says that after the way Anita Hill was treated by the Senate during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, "we said it would never happen again".

She later clarified she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed in Senator Collins's vote for Kavanaugh".

Republicans now hold a narrow majority and the final vote is likely to be close.

McConnell said that defeating Kavanaugh would mean that "media bullying and mob intimidation are valid tactics for shaping the Senate".

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions.

"There are a lot of politics being played with the Supreme Court, which is unfortunate for our democracy", said Mack. "Women will not forget this".

Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh! Still, Collins said, the allegations "fail to meet the "more likely than not" standard", and "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Since then, the country watched agape as one electric moment after another gushed forth.

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That investigation is complete, and all reports indicate the FBI found no evidence to corroborate any of the allegations Kavanaugh's accusers brought.

Trump weighed in Saturday morning on behalf of the man he nominated in July and who as justice would tilt the court rightward, possibly for decades. Big day for America!'.

But before the Senate could move forward, President Trump ordered a time-bound FBI investigation into Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.

That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Mr Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, and opposing forces that left Mr Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.

The closest confirmation votes for a Supreme Court nominee were decided by a single vote. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades. He accused Democrats of using destructive, unwarranted personal attacks on the nominee and even encouraging the protesters, saying, "They have encouraged mob rule". "With the Kavanaugh nomination, it has finally hit rock bottom", said Collins.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican. A "no" would put enormous pressure on Manchin - who faces a competitive re-election fight next month - from fellow Democrats to remain loyal to his party.

Manchin called Kavanaugh a 'qualified jurist'.

Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said that he will also vote yes on Kavanaugh.

"It's a lot of work - maybe they don't want to do it", said Grassley.

The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September. Support from Collins and Manchin would give Kavanaugh at least 51 votes, assuming no one else changes their stance.

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