Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

Geraldine Edwards
October 8, 2018

Daines, a Montana Republican who has supported Kavanaugh's nomination, has been scheduled to attend his daughter's wedding on Saturday for months and made it clear he wouldn't be skipping the ceremony. Mr Flake told reporters that unless "something big" changes, he will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.

The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday.

When it was official, Trump delivered a double thumbs-up from his desk.

President Donald Trump was quick to tweet his support of the nominee. Her attorney Lisa Banks said Ford doesn't have any regrets about coming forward. "Very happy about it". But I think Sen. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

"I found her testimony to be honest, painful and compelling".

He said if Democrats took power, he would expect the committee to immediately subpoena records from the White House and the FBI, which conducted an abbreviated supplemental background investigation into two of the misconduct claims.

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Given the result of Friday's vote, federal appeals court judge Kavanaugh looked on track to get the lifetime job on the Supreme Court.

Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, disgusting attack" that "nobody should have to go through". It is a talking point for their continued and predictable criticism of Democrats. He urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress.

"November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors", they chanted.

Collins took pains to say she believes Ford suffered a sexual assault that "has upended her life", but said she was not convinced Kavanaugh was the culprit. "I will move on that and I think that all the victims, they need - we need to help all the victims no matter what kind of abuse they had, but I am against any kind of abuse or violence", the first lady said.

Tom revealed that he himself once did time in jail for a false accusation.

Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

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Kavanaugh, meanwhile, is primed to join the Court's conservative justices in ruling against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and any future law aiming to expand health-care access.

Lastly, Collins directed her attention at the leaker of Dr. Ford's letter. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted". But Trump went after her anyway, mocking her testimony and gaps in her memory as a rally crowd laughed and cheered. And he has reason for a "yes" vote: Manchin, who voted for Gorsuch's confirmation, is up for reelection in a state that Trump won in 2016.

Ford agreed to testify in a high-profile hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely.

"I would agree that the materials that I read did not provide direct corroboration, but there were a dozen, two dozen other witnesses who were not interviewed", Coons said.

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