Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

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.

Some of them continued raising concerns that Kavanaugh would push the court further to the right, including with possible sympathetic rulings for President Donald Trump, the man who nominated him.

Kavanaugh was accused by Ford in September of committing sexual and physical assault while they were both at a party in high school.

Ultimately, it was Collins who put Kavanaugh on the brink of a lifetime appointment.

Which, maybe! As I said above, nothing is official until the final confirmation vote happens on Saturday.

Lee, the lone Republican to hold the floor overnight, defended Kavanaugh and directly rebutted remarks made by Sen.

In the end, Collins and Murkowski diverged. Rolling Stone points out that Collins "won reelection in ME with 67 percent of the vote in 2014, but her home state support has dropped in recent months".

While the documents have not been made public, Republicans said they did not back up sexual assault allegations by Dr Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

Murkowski chose the opposite path.

"I never thought Judge Kavanaugh would withdraw", McConnell said during the interview with The Post. The lone holdout Senator, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has indicated that she might vote no.

Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, volunteered herself on Twitter as a Democratic opponent to Collins in Maine.

Sarah Palin is insinuating she could mount a primary challenge against Alaska GOP Sen. They were surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote. "I might have been too emotional at times", he said. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of Kavanaugh's most ardent supporters.

As Fox News host Shepard Smith said before Collins began her Friday floor speech: "This is a moment of her own making". "I found her testimony to be honest, painful and compelling". Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.

In her announcement on October 13, 2017, in Rockport, she said she would stay in the US Senate because she wanted "to continue to play a key role". They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

Republicans control the Senate by a meagre 51-49. She was re-elected in 2016. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life. 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. "I think she feels like she did the right thing", Banks said. "Great decision. I very much appreciate those 50 great votes and I think he's going to go down as a totally brilliant Supreme Court Justice for many years". "But there was a lack of corroborating evidence".

Kavanaugh's confirmation would likely swing the court rightward in its judicial leanings - but that's not what protesters have been most concerned with Friday. Collins, the first of the four undecided senators to be called in the alphabetical roll call, voted yes.

Regarding the decision not to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview Kavanaugh or Ford, McConnell said, "None of them wanted to do that".

The following video calls her speech "explosive".

In keeping with her deliberative style, Collins had kept mum for weeks about how she would vote.

When she finished, Collins received applause from the roughly two dozen GOP senators present.

Confirmation for Kavanaugh would be a crowning achievement for Trump, who with a victory could cast the court in a right-leaning direction for decades.

Murkowski also rendered her decision Friday in dramatic fashion.

The final vote took place Saturday afternoon as the president was flying to Kansas aboard Air Force One, and he invited traveling reporters to his private office to watch the climactic roll call, which was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate galleries before Capitol Police removed them. Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression. The two huddled in deep conversation.

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