Kavanaugh nomination clears key Senate hurdle

Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

The 51-49 vote means the Senate could vote as early as Saturday on Kavanaugh's nomination - which is expected to be decided by the same razor-thin margin. The lone holdout Senator, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has indicated that she might vote no.

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

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination, giving him the necessary votes to clear the procedural hurdle to Saturday's final vote.

Her speech, and Murkowski's opposition to Kavanaugh, largely overshadowed Flake's vote. Trump has come down firmly on the other side - saying he's anxious the movement is unfairly targeting men.

In other words, Democrats determined to block Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court sacrificed the desired anonymity of their claimant at the altar of their own political ends.

Kavanaugh, a father of two, strenuously denied the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who says he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said.

Without weighing in on the sexual assault allegations that Ford leveled against Kavanaugh, Mrs. Trump says victims of "any kind of abuse or violence" must be helped. Protesters targeted her and other undecided senators this week as the Federal Bureau of Investigation report came to a close.

Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted America and a global audience just weeks before midterm elections on November 6 in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law a year ago, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking. He is up for re-election in West Virginia, a state Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016.

But she said the last few weeks had raised further concerns, particularly his emotional defense in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he had blasted Democrats for their treatment of the sexual assault allegations against him. Angus King, I-Maine, who spoke before him, criticizing the judge's demeanor in his aggressive testimony last week before the Judiciary Committee.

"Facts matter. Fairness matters", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "The presumption of innocence is sacrosanct". Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted", Trump said while speaking with reporters in front of the Sphinx in Egypt during her first major solo trip overseas. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, considered a swing vote decision on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "And that is hard".

How do I know it was Democrats who leaked her letter? Steve Daines, who will be at his daughter's wedding in Montana. "It will not change the outcome of the vote".

A final vote on whether Judge Kavanaugh will join the nine-member panel is scheduled for Saturday. That previous vote was to limit debate, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will get a vote probably Saturday.

Manchin is the only Democrat who's likely to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.

The vote occurred amid smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Kansas for a political rally, Trump said he was "very, very, very happy" about the vote and said Kavanaugh will be "a brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". That reflected Democrats' lasting umbrage over Republicans' 2016 refusal to even consider Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia. "Both oaths will be administered so that [Kavanaugh] can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately", the court said in a statement prior to the swearing in. Two other women emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct.

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