Senate set to vote on Kavanaugh confirmation Saturday

Geraldine Edwards
October 8, 2018

Deborah Ramirez says the Senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale.

The confirmation marks a major victory for President Donald Trump, who will soon be able to take credit for appointing two conservative justices to the Supreme Court during his relatively brief time in office.

Protesters opposed to the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court flocked to Washington on Saturday, and protests were scheduled as well in other cities across the country.

Moments after Collins pledged to back Kavanaugh, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support.

Under Senate rules, Senators have an additional 30 hours to give speeches, debate, and potentially secure more votes. "I think she feels like she did the right thing", Banks said. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

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Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona also said on MSNBC on Friday he would vote yes on Kavanaugh's final confirmation barring no late breaking developments.

"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine declared on the Senate floor on Friday. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life.

"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".

It would be a cruel irony if Manchin voted for Kavanaugh and helped save his nomination while a Republican, Murkowski, voted against him, but given that he is up for reelection in a state where Trump remains popular, it is a distinct possibility. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who won't be up for election for four years. It just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time. If there is a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would break it in favor of Kavanaugh.

The FBI investigated the allegations this week by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Judge Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to rape her when he was drunk at a high school party.

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018.

A final confirmation vote is set for Saturday afternoon.

Two key Republican senators said they were satisfied with the FBI's background investigation report on October 4, and said it didn't corroborate the claims of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and needed every vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Mr Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, and opposing forces that left Mr Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.

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Deeply colouring the day's events was a burning resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

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