Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Democrats and demonstrators vented 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. That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely.

"The conduct of left-wing dark money groups and allies in this body have shamed us all", he said.

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. And the nature of the fight over Kavanaugh will trigger recriminations inside the Senate and political reverberations outside for years to come.

"Those tend to be districts that are dominated by suburban, college educated women, who I think are seeing the Kavanaugh hearing in one light".

"On this vote the yeas are 51, the nos are 49".

The vote to invoke cloture was 51-49. The accusations eventually led to President Trump ordering an FBI investigation.

The source said that the White House believes Murkowski will ultimately be a "no", but Manchin, Collins and Flake will all vote "yes".

Collins has never opposed a Supreme Court nominee, voting to confirm the past five justices from Republican and Democratic presidents. And after Collins spoke, Sen Joe Manchin, a Democrat of West Virginia who is running for re-election in a staunchly pro-Trump state, said he would also back confirmation, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill surrounded by protestors urging him to change his vote.

The announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia ended most of the suspense over a political battle that has transfixed the nation - though die-hard Democrats insisted on arguing through the night to a mostly empty Senate chamber.

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"I have met with so many survivors, and I know that every single one of us has, and I've heard from colleagues as they have shared with me that they have been truly surprised, many stunned, by what they are learning is the prevalence of this unfortunately in our society today", she said.

Some Democratic lawmakers, who are poised to gain a number of congressional seats heading into the midterms, have floated the possibility of investigating Kavanaugh after he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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

He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

She later said that it had been a very hard decision, but that she did not believe it was the "right time" for Kavanaugh to be seated on the court. 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.

Flake, like Collins, believed that the FBI investigation, which did not corroborate the sexual assault allegations, was thorough.

Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, terrible attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

His ascent to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt last week after university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a Washington area party in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

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