Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Key Senators Back Brett Kavanaugh For US Supreme Court

Key Senators Back Brett Kavanaugh For US Supreme Court

Manchin, whose conservative policy stances have long vexed congressional Democrats and progressive activists, voted on Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, even as Sen. Reporters said she patted McConnell's shoulder before they went their separate ways. Like so many Americans, I am deeply disappointed in Senator Collins' vote for Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied all the charges.

But Democrats continued Friday to argue that there had been too little effort made to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh. "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom", she said.

Earlier on Friday, Senate lawmakers backed Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and changed Senate rules previous year to end filibusters for Supreme Court nominees. That's barring a last-minute change of mind.

The closest confirmation votes for a Supreme Court nominee were decided by a single vote. In 1861, nominee Jeremiah Black was defeated by a vote of 26-25.

She recalled the hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991 after Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sen. Collins has been described as the last of the "moderate" northeastern Rockefeller Republicans.

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

In theory, Kavanaugh could be confirmed, sworn in and sitting on the mahogany bench in the traditional black justice's robe by Tuesday, when the court is next in session.

Nadler said it would probably be hard to interview Kavanaugh if he was sitting on the Supreme Court.

"I think the Democrats with their approach have provided Republicans who were not fired up about this election so much locker-room material that they can not wait to go out and vote", Rose said.

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Kavanaugh's nomination was left teetering on the edge after university psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in harrowing testimony last week that he tried to rape her when they were high school students.

Without weighing in on the sexual assault allegations that Ford leveled against Kavanaugh, Mrs. Trump says victims of "any kind of abuse or violence" must be helped.

The Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday.

While Collins acknowledged that Blasey Ford's testimony was honest, painful and compelling, and that the accuser is a sexual assault survivor, she added that "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Protesters have spent days in Washington urging swing senators like Collins and Murkowski to vote no. She told reporters on Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".

"We will see what happens tomorrow", said Murkowski.

Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation would tilt America's highest court in favour of conservatives.

Collins, who had kept her vote close to her chest for the entirety of Kavanaugh's confirmation process, made the announcement in a lengthy speech from the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Kavanaugh's confirmation "a low moment for the Senate, the court, and the country" and said of Kavanaugh, "He doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench".

The vote caps a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his Supreme Court nominee.

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