Backed by senators, Kavanaugh on track for U.S

Lester Mason
October 8, 2018

But he said he believes Kavanaugh will "determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

Reaction against Collins's decision to support Kavanaugh was swift. Support from Collins and Manchin would give Kavanaugh at least 51 votes. With the confirmed support of him and Collins, the likely final Senate vote is 51-49.

The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday. 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.

Dianne Feinstein of California, that committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic Judiciary panel hearing should "worry us all", citing "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee. Ford said she was "terrified" by the process, but said she felt like it was her "civic duty" to come forward.

"I have been alarmed and disturbed that unless the Kavanaugh nomination is rejected, that the Senate [is] condoning sexual assault". Lisa Murkowski announced that she was a definite "no" vote on President Donald Trump's nominee.

In one example, after much public posturing, Collins voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, blocking a long-held goal of her party.

Two key Republican senators said they were satisfied with the FBI's background investigation report on October 4, and said it didn't corroborate the claims of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.


A vote on confirmation could happen as early as Saturday. Steve Daines to stay at his daughter's Montana wedding on that day, rather than take an urgent private jet back to Washington to vote. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.

If no senators change their votes from Friday's cloture roll call, the final tally will sit at 50-48 at Saturday's final confirmation vote, enough for Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court with no senator holding the sole deciding vote.

White House aides had initially taken a more cautious approach, advising the president to tread carefully around a controversy that may still sour suburban women and independent voters.

The vote occurred against a backdrop of smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides.

But even if the House impeaches Kavanaugh, two-thirds of the Senate - a supermajority - would need to vote to remove him following a trial, making the likelihood of his ousting very small. But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

All 11 of the Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee are men, while the Democrats have four women, including its ranking member, Sen.

Kavanaugh, a father of two, strenuously denied the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who says he sexually assaulted her when they were teens. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

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