Final Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Marsha Scott
October 7, 2018

Security has been heightened on Capitol Hill in recent weeks due in part to huge numbers of protesters trying to access Senators to voice their views on the nominations.

Republicans swiftly declared that the FBI's report, which was shrouded in secrecy and accessed only by senators and a select group of staffers, absolved Kavanaugh of any wrongdoing.

He's widely known as a fair, smart, and independent judge, and he has the qualifications and experience necessary to ably serve on the Supreme Court.

In an interview shortly before the Senate is set to vote on confirming Kavanaugh, McConnell said GOP members of the Judiciary Committee made the decision in a meeting with two other Republicans who were at the time withholding their support, Senator Susan Collins of ME and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME and Democratic Sen.

"This is a great day for America", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News late Friday, congratulating his colleagues for "refusing to roll over under all of this intense pressure".

He fills a vacancy following the retirement of Anthony Kennedy, who has been a key swing vote on numerous decisions in recent years.

Kavanaugh is the fifth solidly conservative judge on the Supreme Court. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is opposed, but says she will vote "present" as a courtesy to another Republican who will be absent for his daughter's wedding.

The FBI interviewed Ramirez as part of a background check investigation opened by the White House.

Demonstrators held signs calling Kavanaugh a bad nominee because of sexual assault allegations against him and saying the selection process seemed to be biased against women.

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"I believe something happened to Dr. Ford".

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.

"I do not believe that those charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.

Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), voted against him.

Senators backed President Donald Trump's nominee Mr Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision that is set for Saturday. The three women now serving on the Court were all nominated by Democratic presidents, and Grassley voted against two of them.

His nomination has been met with loud protests, both in Washington and in other cities across the United States. Capitol Police dragged some of them away.

"Vote them out!" the protesters chanted, along with: "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Kavanaugh has got to go".

Trump's reference to Soros, who has supported the US Democratic Party for years, appeared aimed at inciting more support and anger from the president's conservative Christian base. In the midst of the Al Franken sexual misconduct scandal, Collins tweeted, "Sexual harassment and assault have no place in any workplace".

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