Ramirez says Senate 'looking the other way' - 10/6/2018 10:33:11 AM

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In the end, Collins announced she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, all but ensuring he will end up on the court.

"This entire process was up to Collins", Amy Halstead, co-director of Maine People's Alliance said, according to Rolling Stone.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was upended following allegations of sexual misconduct, but yes votes from Collins and Manchin will likely seal his fate as the next Supreme Court Justice.

Flake's "yes" vote - combined with his comments Thursday that the FBI's supplemental investigation had been thorough and provided no corroborating evidence of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez - suggested he would nearly certainly be a "yes" on final confirmation.

She later clarified she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed in Senator Collins's vote for Kavanaugh".

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat facing a tough re-election fight in West Virginia, a state where the President rolled to victory in 2016, also supported Kavanaugh.

"I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo worldwide trip to Africa. 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.

Based on the initial votes, Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed for the lifetime appointment after final votes are cast on Saturday. "It's just not worth it". "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said. As the clerk read names in alphabetical order on a procedural vote to move the nomination forward, all eyes were on Murkowski.

Other Republicans later pushed back against protestors. Sen.

Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president's "favorite for SCOTUS", he said.

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Senators sat at their desks during Saturday's roll call, rising when it was their turn to vote.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this awful, terrible attack by the Democrats".

President Trump welcomed the vote in a tweet, saying he was "very proud" of the Senate. And there is some sense that Manchin, despite the fact that Trump won his state by 43 points and he is up for reelection in 32 days, wouldn't be willing to be the 50th (and deciding) vote on Kavanaugh.

Flake has said that he wants to see a conservative like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, but has wavered on his vote after an emotional hearing last week with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and a fiery, partisan defense from Kavanaugh.

"I don't think she has any regrets". They said he'd push the court farther right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.

Yet Kavanaugh's pathway to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more "yes" vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court.

Decrying the Kavanaugh confirmation process as "dysfunctional", Collins noted that some of her colleagues had rushed to announce their opposition to his nomination.

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

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