Murkowski to vote 'present' on Kavanaugh

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Hours after the procedural vote, Collins and Manchin confirmed that they would back Kavanaugh in the final confirmation vote Saturday, all but ensuring his ascension to the Supreme Court.

In theory, Judge Kavanaugh could be confirmed, sworn in and then be able to sit on the bench in his robes on Tuesday when the court is next in session. Two other women emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct. Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.

Trump, talking with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, said he hated watching the slew of sexual assault allegations grow against Kavanaugh and dubbed all the accusations "fabrications" with "not a bit of truth".

As of Saturday morning, the campaign has raised over $3 million to support Collins' defeat. Angus King, I-Maine, who spoke before him, criticizing the judge's demeanor in his aggressive testimony last week before the Judiciary Committee. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible, Oct. 6, 2018.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar".

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

The justices themselves made a quiet show of solidarity.

Among current justices, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was the closest, with a vote of 52-48.

Still, Kagan noted the night before that Kennedy has been "a person who found the center" and "it's not so clear we'll have that" now. Capitol police led protesters away one by one.

It was a crucial vote; if Manchin had voted no, Republicans would have needed to bring in Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 split. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud. Democrats believe a backlash against the GOP from women voters could help deliver the House of Representatives.

A fuming Kavanaugh strode into the same packed hearing room and said he was "100 percent" certain the incident had not occurred. Hundreds have been arrested on Capitol Hill this week. She told the Senate that she decried the confirmation process as a "caricature of a gutter-level political campaign" marred by "over-the-top rhetoric and distortions" of Kavanaugh's record. "It should be simply our judgment of Judge Kavanaugh's fitness to serve on the United States Supreme Court". He angrily denied the accusations.

His nomination became a flashpoint in the #MeToo social media movement against sexual harassment and assault. But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided. Democrats dismissed the truncated report as insufficient.

Arizona Republican Sens. As the lone Republican to vote against cloture, it would be very odd for her to then vote for his confirmation.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a vulnerable Senate Democrat, voted yes on the motion to cloture and might signal that he might vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In 1881, Justice Stanley Matthews prevailed in a vote of 24-23.

As the Senate tried to recover from its charged atmosphere, Murkowski's move offered a moment of civility. They were interested in destroying him politically, or, at the very least, delaying the vote on his confirmation past the elections, and they were just using the FBI investigation as their latest means to that end.

Two key senators, Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, both regarded as swing votes, said they would support Judge Kavanaugh after weeks of intense debate about sexual violence that gripped the nation.

Midterm politics will also play a role in this weekend's vote, notably red-state Democrats, like Manchin, who are up for re-election in November and have to win over Republicans to win again themselves.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man". Collins had faced significant pressure from the left ahead of the vote Friday to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

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