Senator Collins backs Kavanaugh, paving way for confirmation

Posted October 07, 2018

The American Bar Association informed the Senate Judiciary Committee it was re-evaluating Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's "well-qualified" rating just hours before the Senate was scheduled to vote on whether to invoke cloture on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday.

Another undecided Republican, Maine Sen.

In a twist, Murkowski said she will state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen.

Sarah Palin cited a almost decade-old joke at her expense to warn fellow Alaskan Lisa Murkowski about her chances at re-election after the GOP senator came out against confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. "I hope we can say no to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Grassley added.

Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among 302 people held for demonstrating against the nominee.

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But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer cryptically said he disagrees with Republican statements that the report showed "no hint of misconduct" by Kavanaugh - prompting reporters to ask Schumer what he meant before he walked away without another word.

"I was disappointed in the scope of the interviews and I was disappointed in the scope of the materials", Coons, D-Del., told ABC News' Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega on "Good Morning America", calling the FBI investigation a "narrow" look into whether there was evidence to corroborate claims made by Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh's second accuser Deborah Ramirez. Given the opportunity to speak to these allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh displayed no sensitivity to the rights of women who come forward with allegations of sexual violence.

Donald Trump was quick to praise the vote, tweeting: 'Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!'

During an interview Friday morning on NPR, White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec echoed that view, saying: "We are confident Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed". Steve Daines (R-Mont.), a "yes" vote, would not have to skip his daughter's wedding.

The jockeying for final votes to confirm Kavanaugh is playing out as the senators review the highly anticipated report from the FBI investigating two allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin.

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The confirmation vote was mostly along party lines, though Sen.

But Daines's vote will not be needed Saturday unless one Republican defects and Democrats stay unified against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh could provide the decisive vote to roll back abortion rights, outlaw affirmative action programs and slash environmental regulations. Given Manchin is a Democrat, prognosticators say it's unlikely he'd cast the deciding vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, meaning Collins now holds the cards in her hand.

"I believe Dr. Ford".

Kavanaugh's nomination was embroiled in a controversy that gripped the nation after multiple women made sexual assault allegations originating from his time in high school and college.

Democrats said the allegations were credible and deserved a full investigation, while Republicans accused Democrats of using uncorroborated allegations to scuttle or delay the nomination - leading to a stream of angry flashpoints between lawmakers.

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Kavanaugh's former schoolmate Dr Christine Blasey Ford pictured during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last Thursday. They have said they feel the report was tailored to not offer any new information into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. They also sought to paint him as a justice that would swing the court deeply to the right.