Murkowski to vote 'present' on Kavanaugh

Murkowski to vote 'present' on Kavanaugh

Murkowski to vote 'present' on Kavanaugh

Protesters chanted "Shame" at Manchin later when he talked to reporters outside his office.

"I grieve for the people that have experienced sexual assault in their life", Lankford said.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she couldn't abandon "the presumption of innocence and fairness", and that's why she could ultimately support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. McConnell also said he didn't know he had the votes until senators were actually on the floor and voting.

The media circus over the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has finally concluded, with Sen.

"Just cast my vote for Judge Kavanaugh getting him one step closer onto #SCOTUS. I met with the nominee for over two hours, attended his hearings, spoke with constitutional experts, and heard from thousands of West Virginians", Manchin wrote in part. Support from Ms Collins and Mr Manchin would give Kavanaugh at least 51 votes. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him on the court".

Some of them continued raising concerns that Kavanaugh would push the court further to the right, including with possible sympathetic rulings for President Donald Trump, the man who nominated him.

"And what they were offering was sending staffers to speak to her. Dr. Ford wanted to speak to the committee members herself".

"I don't think she has any regrets".

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With the breaking news this afternoon that Brett Kavanaugh will indeed sit on the United States Supreme Court, Dori Monson switched gears from the normal schedule and took phone calls from listeners to get their reaction to the now-inevitable Kavanaugh confirmation.

The procedural vote, which comes after a review of the FBI report on its supplemental investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, sets up a final confirmation vote that could come as early as Saturday. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations.

Trump was in Kansas to campaign for Kris Kobach, secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas. The 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. He has a decent sized lead in the polls against the Republican, Patrick Morrisey.

He also asked the president to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination and nominate someone else.

Collins is up for reelection in 2020, and while no Democrat has officially challenged the longtime senator yet, whoever does will have lots of money to play with. According to The Hill, the math is tight. The vote total reflected the political party division in the Republican-majority chamber, but one maverick in each caucus joined the other party in the roll call.

Collins also rejected critics who say the confirmation of Kavanaugh would send a message that the Senate condones sexual assault; she thanked Chairman Grassley for treating Ford with the utmost respect.

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

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