The United States Senate has voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, despite allegations of sexual misconduct that further inflamed a bitter partisan fight about the judge – but a handful of senators could still derail his confirmation.
A dramatic and draining showdown that held Washington in thrall for weeks finally moved toward resolution when Maine Sen.
Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh.
“So that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored”. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
Republican Senate Judiciary Chair Sen. That procedure lets a senator offset another’s absence without affecting the outcome, and would allow Kavanaugh to win by the same two-vote margin he would have received had both lawmakers voted.
The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays and moving the chamber toward a climax of a fight that has captivated the country since summer. Kavanaugh’s confirmation appeared to be secured after undecided Sens. The pair was surrounded by colleagues from both parties after Friday morning’s vote. Yet she later did “clarify” that she believes Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh attacked her. “Deborah Ramirez’s lawyer said he was unaware of any corroborating witnesses who were interviewed”.
Allegations against Kavanaugh arose late in the confirmation process that he sexually abused women decades ago.
“She loves being a teacher”, Banks said.
In response to Trump’s statement on Tuesday that it is a “very scary time for young men in America”, Katz said, “I think that young men who assault women should stop”.
Last point: Let’s not forget that we’re still waiting on these Kavanaugh documents, and Dems will look silly objecting to whatever eventually comes out if they act complacent now.
Senators had backed Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, in a procedural vote earlier on Friday that moved the Republican-controlled Senate towards a definitive decision.
The suspense over whether Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court associate justice is likely to end this weekend, after Republican Sen.
The FBI conducted a similar investigation in 1991, when Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. He’s widely known as a fair, smart, and independent judge, and he has the qualifications and experience necessary to ably serve on the Supreme Court.
Had the vote fallen short, it would have thrown a major blow to the nomination and throw the possibility of confirmation into serious doubt.
The president, who framed the nomination as a rallying issue for Republican voters at a Thursday night rally, has been keeping in close contact with staff and Republican allies in the Senate, the White House indicated.
After the vote is over, Ford will go back to teaching, Banks said.
A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade. “I might have been too emotional at times”.
“This has truly been the most hard … decision that I’ve ever had to make”, she said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. “This incredible and immediate response to Collins’ decision overwhelmed our servers, and our team is worked as quickly as possible to get Crowdpac.com back up and running”.