Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Georgians protest Kavanaugh nomination before Senate vote

Breaking Flake Is Officially a 'Yes' on Kavanaugh US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC
| 08 October, 2018, 08:05

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards. Saturday's roll call seemed destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side capping a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his nominee.

With Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp having announced that they are definite "no" votes, Manchin remains the sole Democrat who might help to save Kavanaugh's nomination.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month. She said that the process had not been "fair" to Kavanaugh, but that ultimately it had become about something "bigger than a nominee". Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

Large groups of protesters gathered outside the Capitol building and across the street at the Supreme Court ahead of the final vote on Saturday.

The Maine senator is under enormous pressure to vote for Kavanaugh, and she has indicated that she is leaning in that direction.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". A couple of Democrats and Republicans could go against their party line.

Melania (meh-LAH'-nee-ah) Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

While it wasn't entirely clear which issues Murkowski was addressing, her comments could be a reference to the #MeToo movement which has shaken institutions across the country and around the world for the past year. And that report might give her an excuse to vote for Kavanaugh.


It all but assured a victory for President Donald Trump's quest to move the Supreme Court rightward, perhaps for decades, and a satisfying win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the GOP's conservative base.

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie.

Republicans said the secret document - which described interviews agents conducted with 10 witnesses - failed to find anyone who could corroborate allegations by his two chief accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. "With the Kavanaugh nomination, it has finally hit rock bottom", said Collins.

"My fervent hope is that Brett Kavanagh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court so that we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored", Collins said.

"The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad". Protesters took to Capitol Hill Saturday urging Senators to vote against the nominee amid one of the most charged confirmation battle in years. They said he also seemed too ready to rule for Trump in a possible federal court case against the president.

Those legal arguments evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982 when both were teenagers.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and said that his reputation and his family have been "permanently destroyed by vicious an false additional accusations".

Kavanaugh's confirmation leaves the Senate traumatized with Republicans and Democrats as estranged as at any time in recent memory, reflecting the cavernous divides in the country itself during a presidency that has ignited rare political passions.

A fuming Kavanaugh strode into the same packed hearing room and said he was "100 per cent" certain the incident had not occurred.

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