Senate votes Friday in first step to possible Kavanaugh confirmation

Marsha Scott
October 6, 2018

Senators are expected to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court starting around 5 p.m. ET Saturday. Jeff Flake said he could not support a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation until a supplemental background check was conducted.

But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer cryptically said he disagrees with Republican statements that the report showed "no hint of misconduct" by Kavanaugh - prompting reporters to ask Schumer what he meant before he walked away without another word.

"I believe he's a good man". Something happened to Dr. Ford.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".

Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Mr Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

The stark gender imbalance on the Senate Judiciary Committee was criticized during Christine Blasey Ford's hearing.

President Trump tweeted after the procedural vote that he was "very proud" of the Senate for taking the critical step.

Gonzaga law professors Ann Murphy, Jane Korn and Mary Pat Treauthart said they found Kavanaugh's anger and response to senators' questions troubling.

Some protesters, many dressed in black, crowded into the Hart Senate Office Building after rallying in front of the Supreme Court on a sunny, warm autumn day. The letter states that, during last week's hearings, Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament, which disqualifies him from any court, especially the Supreme Court.

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The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before November 6 midterm elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters that the Senate Judiciary Committee's inability to attract Republican women might be caused by its heavy workload, a remark the panel's chairman tried to retract a few minutes later. He is also in a tough reelection campaign and was silent on Kavanaugh in the days leading up to the vote.

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday, and his confirmation now seems all but certain, after a key swing vote, Sen.

Lisa Murkowski explained her decision Friday to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The vote became closer with the confirmation of Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump's first nominee.

Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was broadcast live on television last Thursday and captured the attention of some 20 million people watching on broadcast and cable networks.

"It's time to take a stand on the Kavanaugh nomination", Austin-Hillery said. In 2010, she won re-election in a historic victory as a write-in candidate, defeating a Tea Party candidate who had won the Republican primary with support from then-Gov. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence.

Flake's "yes" vote - combined with his comments Thursday that the FBI's supplemental investigation had been thorough and provided no corroborating evidence of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez - suggest he will nearly certainly be a "yes" on final confirmation.

The senator said he has been disgusted by Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

"However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

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