Brett Kavanaugh moves towards Supreme Court confirmation after long, bitter fight

Brett Kavanaugh moves towards Supreme Court confirmation after long, bitter fight

Brett Kavanaugh moves towards Supreme Court confirmation after long, bitter fight

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Democrats and demonstrators vented their rage and resistance, but the Senate rolled toward approving Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Saturday as President Donald Trump and Republicans approached an election-season triumph in the most electrifying confirmation battle in years.

Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking, making him the only Democrat supporting the nominee.

Then Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman to come forward publicly September 16, alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago during a high school gathering in Maryland.

Mr Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes.

"I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", the first lady told reporters while in Egypt on her first solo overseas trip. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing allegations of connections between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation tried to pursue him in court.

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization - now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.

Based on the initial votes, Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed for the lifetime appointment after final votes are cast on Saturday.

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Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders thanked Collins for "standing by your convictions and doing the right thing", while former president George HW Bush saluted her "political courage and class".

The second time Koegler said Ford brought up the assault was in an email on June 29, 2018, two days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation.

Murkowski bucked her party by voting "no" in a procedural vote to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate floor. Republicans narrowly control the Senate and have a somewhat larger majority in the House of Representatives.

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them. Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and opinions, and it's very important to me I express what I feel'. Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote. "You can bet it's going to be an impact and have instantaneous affect because they can overturn any federal or state or local law they deem unconstitutional", said Jon Price, history and political science professor at Penn State York. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: "my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters". "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

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

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