Murkowski reveals why bucked GOP in key Kavanaugh vote

Geraldine Edwards
October 7, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford's legal team has released a statement from her friend Keith Koegler, who provided an account that appears to corroborate Ford's testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not interview him.

In a Senate speech that was disrupted by protesters before it began and met with applause from GOP senators when it ended, Collins declared, "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

If Democrats seize control of the House in the upcoming November elections, a number of top party members have suggested they will launch another investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh - and possibly push for impeachment.

As columnist wrote on CNN Saturday morning, "The FBI probe apparently did not find any corroborating evidence into allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh because it was never meant to do that".

Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

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The organization CrowdPAC is fundraising online to support whomever Democrats nominate to challenge the ME senator in 2020. Senators then endured a rare all-night session to satisfy the requirement of 30 hours of debate following Friday's vote.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins flew the flag of her home state ME upside down to protest her backing of Kavanaugh. In addition, Republican Senator Jeff Flake has also indicated he is a yes vote.

A lone Democrat, Joe Manchin, voted in favour of advancing the process on Friday morning, but had not yet stated his position on the final vote.

Mr Trump, who has made appointing conservative judges a major plank of his presidency, tweeted his approval for the Senate vote, saying he was "very proud".

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"This is one vote that we probably won't know until the votes are actually cast", Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill. That previous vote was to limit debate, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will get a vote probably Saturday.

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Kavanaugh repeatedly denied Ford's allegations and condemned Democrats for drilling down on his teenage drinking and yearbook postings. Murphy believes that boys and men of all ages are now at risk of having their lives sabotaged by false accusations, adding that she thinks all conservatives are now being targeted because of their beliefs.

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court is all but certain. Kavanaugh's behavior during the hearing, such as calling the accusations an "orchestrated political hit" and interrupting senators questioning him, fell short of what is required of those who serve on the Supreme Court, the letter asserts.

"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. Collins and a group of Senate Republicans reportedly had lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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

Kavanaugh stood by his performance during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he denied the misconduct allegations, made at the same hearing, of a California university professor.

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Still, she sent signals that Kavanaugh had cleared a hurdle by reassuring her that he believed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law.

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