US Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Posted October 07, 2018

The suspense over whether Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court associate justice is likely to end this weekend, after Republican Sen.

Speaking to reporters near the Great Sphinx, she says she's glad that both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford, were heard.

Demonstrators from Washington-area law schools march at the Capitol to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C., October 6, 2018. Murkowski said she'd use an obscure procedure that lets one senator offset the absence of another without affecting the outcome.

"So that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored". But Alaska GOP Sen. Mr Flake has been a frequent critic of Mr Trump but said he would vote yes, barring any major changes in evidence.

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Joe Manchin, a Democrat, both indicated their backing for the judge on Friday.

One lone Republican, Sen.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

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Today the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh comes to a close.

Two other women also alleged sexual misconduct by the conservative Kavanaugh. The decision may have further eroded the GOP's already shaky status among women voters.

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

Reaction against Collins's decision to support Kavanaugh was swift.

"She is practical enough that she is going to put that behind her and have the best relationship she can with someone she is going to have to put up with for 30 years", said one Washington lawyer, who declined to be named because he argues cases at the court.

"It would really undercut the process of confirmation and introduce a new level of McCarthyism into the process", he said. "The allegations fail to meet the more likely than not standard".

Kavanaugh's candidacy has stirred a furious political debate and whipped up protests and recriminations and a clash between the mostly male power structure of the Republican Party and the emerging influence of the #MeToo movement which has become an important force in liberal politics. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations made against him.

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Flake forced Republicans to launch the additional investigation last week after a tense negotiation with Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats.

Hundreds of protesters hit the streets of Washington, D.C., as the Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday. "I look forward to his confirmation to the Supreme Court".

"I think Flake took a lot of heat, but he's a human being and most human beings were affected by those hearings", Rose said.

After weeks of intense debate that has gripped the nation, the conservative appeals court judge on Friday won vows of support from two centrist senators, leaving no clear path in the Senate for Kavanaugh's opponents to block him.

"I believe Brett Kavanaugh's a good man".

Ford's lawyers said their client did not watch the vote unfold on television. If the cloture votes hold, Republicans may go ahead and vote in Daines' absence and confirm Kavanaugh on a 50-49 vote.

Thursday was a day of high drama and emotion in Washington: protesters swamped Capitol Hill and roamed the corridors of the Senate to lobby lawmakers who took turns in a secure basement room reviewing a single copy of the new Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh.

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"Believe me I struggled with it for a long time", Collins said after her speech. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said".