Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Jeff Flake indicated Friday that he expects to vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now likely to be confirmed by a one-vote margin Saturday.

Brett Kavanaugh is set to become the Supreme Court justice who inaugurates a conservative majority for a generation, after wavering Republicans closed ranks to give him sufficient votes for confirmation in a historic victory for President Donald Trump.

That this long, bitter saga ended on such a close vote with any suspense at all is a testament to the anti-Kavanaugh sentiment that kept all but one of the Democrats up for reelection this year in opposition to him-and to the ruthlessness of Republicans in rushing to a vote the minute a cursory FBI investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh was completed.

"Based on all the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him", Manchin, who also voted for President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, said in a statement.

Judge Kavanaugh denied the claim - and allegations that he drank to the point of memory loss at the time - in a feisty confrontation with senators. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced during a lengthy speech on Friday that she would be voting for Trump's pick, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Joe Manchin (D-WV) will vote, however, he did vote to move the process forward during the cloture vote Friday morning as did Collins.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". That vote could take place as early as Saturday.

Murkowski has expressed unease with the sexual assault allegations lodged against Kavanaugh, which he denies. "I believe he is a good man, it just may be that in my view he is not the right man for the court at this time", she added.

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Murkowski was re-elected in 2016 and Senators serve six-year terms, so she will be in office until at least 2022.

"The process by which the Senate Judiciary Committee has "investigated" the facts related to the assault has been a shameless effort to protect Judge Kavanaugh", Koegler wrote in a sworn statement. Dick Durbin on Friday said his confirmation "would shake the confidence of millions of Americans and the integrity of our Supreme Court".

"And anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn't know her. Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination". Specifically, Grassley directed Ford's attorneys to provide "records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications" between Ford (or her representatives) and (1) any senators or their staff; (2) Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and P.J. Smyth, whom she named as present during the alleged altercation between her and Kavanaugh; and (3) other Kavanaugh accusers Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives. Collins and a group of Senate Republicans reportedly had lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Gillibrand says that after the way Anita Hill was treated by the Senate during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, "we said it would never happen again".

It has nine judges, all of whom are appointed for life, and the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is likely to give it a more conservative hue.

Given that Kavanaugh is on track to be confirmed with 51 votes, each senator's support was critical to his confirmation.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.

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