Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got support Friday from key fence-sitting U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), likely putting him over the top for confirmation when the final vote is taken.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote.

Trump weighed in Saturday morning on behalf of the man he nominated in July and who as justice would tilt the court rightward, possibly for decades.

While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty.

With the vote of the Vice President Mike pence always there in case of a tie, the confirmation of Kavanaugh as the next Judge of the Supreme Court became a foregone conclusion by Friday night. "What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI". Kavanaugh vehemently denied all those claims.

Democrats said Kavanaugh would push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump should the president encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign. Exactly one month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention. "Sit down and be quiet'".

Seven UK law professors signed a letter saying the Senate should not confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Collins said in remarks that stretched for more than 40 minutes but addressed the sexual-abuse allegations only near the end.

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During a separate interview on Fox on Friday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called Manchin the "wild card". Collins said the accusations against Kavanaugh "fail to meet the more-likely-than-not standard".

In a viral video, Collins was accosted by protesters this week on Capitol Hill.

Lisa Murkowski said Friday that she will vote "present" on the Supreme Court appointment of Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon rather than "no".

That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Mr Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, and opposing forces that left Mr Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.

The story is expected to conclude on Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines. "I found her testimony to be honest, painful and compelling".

Banks said Ford was "upset by it". It's up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to determine when to hold the vote, according to Senate rules and whenever he thinks he has the votes.

Former New Mexico governor and third-party Senate candidate Gary Johnson said Friday in an email that he would vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation if he were voting. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

"This allows the vote to occur with the same margin as would have occurred without the absence", Stewart added in in an email, which had the subject line "procedural nerd stuff".

They said he also seemed ready to rule for Mr Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court. But Collins also spent much of her remarks discussing issues other than the allegations made by three women, including the nominee's views on the use of the precedent set forth by past Supreme Court cases such as Roe v. Wade.

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