Washington senators voice opposition to Kavanaugh confirmation on Senate floor

Posted October 08, 2018

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh awaits a final Senate confirmation vote, a lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford says she absolutely does not want him impeached if Democrats take control of Congress.

His confirmation will tilt the Supreme Court further toward conservatives potentially for decades to come. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the 53-year-old Kavanaugh a victim of "an ugly left-wing smear campaign" and charged Democrats with character assassination.

"Judge Kavanaugh has said that sitting presidents can not be indicted, can not be prosecuted, should not be investigated and should have the authority to fire a special counsel at will".

The FBI submitted its investigation early this week, which was then sent to the Senate for the lawmakers to have a look at it and have an informed decision.

And Trump told Kansas rallygoers that he will hold a ceremonial swearing-in for Kavanaugh at the White House Monday evening.

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"Judge Kavanaugh has received rave reviews for his 12-year track record as a judge, including for his judicial temperament", she said.

Though Kavanaugh has been widely criticized for his anger during his testimony at last week's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tom said that the judge's emotions are understandable given the high stakes. "I think she will never recover from this", Trump said.

Collins defended Kavanaugh's record as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court and talked about the importance of the "presumption of innocence".

Murkowski, the only Republican who voted against Kavanaugh in a procedural vote Friday, voted "present" as a collegial gesture for her Republican colleague Sen.

About five hours after the cloture vote, Maine's Collins - who supports abortion rights - announced in a floor speech she would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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While speaking on the Senate floor Friday, the Kentucky senator called out Democrats for their partisanship and for not giving Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt in the face of allegations against him.

Kavanaugh, 53, appeared headed toward confirmation by the Senate to the high court until an allegation from Christine Blasey Ford surfaced and she went public with her story in a September 16 account in The Washington Post. Jeff Flake indicated Friday that he expects to vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now likely to be confirmed by a one-vote margin Saturday.

The Maine senator has been seen as a key swing vote in the confirmation of Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all accusations of misconduct, and McConnell said the report was "reassuring". The Republican from ME isn't facing reelection until 2020, but has faced mounting pressure to vote against Kavanaugh since the accusations of sexual misconduct against him were made public three weeks ago.

But Democratic senators said the investigation had been incomplete.

"I think Judge Kavanaugh is a qualified individual and, while I am respectful of Professor Ford, I don't think the evidence is there to corroborate her claims", Kolbe said.

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She told reporters that Mr Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time". And this is what she gave them in return.