Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

Pauline Gross
October 8, 2018

This is what I have been wrestling with, and so I made the - took the very hard vote that I did. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the 53-year-old Kavanaugh a victim of "an ugly left-wing smear campaign" and charged Democrats with character assassination. "I don't believe the facts show that it was Brett Kavanaugh, but I believe something happened", Manchin said.

All but one Republican lined up behind him, arguing that a truncated FBI investigation turned up no corroborating witnesses and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

This comes on the heels of an emotional and tumultuous week on Capitol Hill.

Given that Republicans have a razor-thin margin of control in the Senate, the party can potentially only afford another defection if it wants to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - assuming the two swing senators vote the same in the next 24 hours.

Kavanaugh's opponents raised concerns that he'd push the court further right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.

US Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual abuse. "It matters." She said we "must listen to survivors" of assault.

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied all of the allegations, including at a hearing featuring testimony from him and Ford last week. Heitkamp, to whom FiveThirtyEight gives a 31.5 percent chance of winning her Senate race in November, came out strong against Kavanaugh's confirmation, no matter the political consequences.

"I think that the tenor and the content of the letter is not a radical statement", said Mary Davis, a United Kingdom law professor. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

A total of 164 people were arrested according to U.S. Capitol Police. "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

Outside, protesters shouted "shame on you" as Manchin spoke to reporters about his decision.

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Republicans hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate. Manchin of West Virginia.

Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression.

Senator Collins backed the embattled pick.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, is the only Republican who has indicated she will vote no.

Asked about the #MeToo movement and her husband's recent comments about its potential impact on men, first lady Melania Trump weighed in on Kavanaugh's controversial nomination before Saturday's vote.

Murkowski said she believes Kavanaugh to be a good man, but questioned if this was the right time for his nomination to the nation's highest court. "And that is hard". She will not reveal her final decision until 3PM ET on Friday afternoon. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, can make it to the floor in time for the vote, as he is attending his daughter's wedding Saturday. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid". They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during the summer of 1982.

But Democrats continued Friday to argue that there had been too little effort made to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Among the criticisms of Kavanaugh in the letter, are his judicial temperament.

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