Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

Lamar Ellis
October 8, 2018

It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

At a Supreme Court preview in September, former Obama Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. predicted that with Kavanaugh on the bench, Roe v. Wade will be overturned, at least in part, within five years. Police stood guard at the doors. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional oath, and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to a Supreme Court statement, "so that [Kavanaugh] can begin to participate in the work of the court immediately".

Kavanaugh's nomination was nearly derailed three weeks ago when California professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of trying to rape her at a 1982 party when they were in high school.

Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

And while her name and life will from now on be connected to her Senate testimony and to Brett Kavanaugh, if there is one person who has the chance to come out of this debacle bruised, but with her head high, it is Ford.

"We'll see what it looks like in 2020", McConnell said.

Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, said in a tweet that Kavanaugh's confirmation capped, "A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature".

A Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin, who represents West Virginia, a heavily pro-Trump state, voted for Kavanaugh.

"The radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob", he said.

Trump watched the vote on a large-screen television tuned to Fox News in a wood-paneled cabin on the plane. In the end, there was indeed a two-vote margin, the closest nomination vote since 1881.

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Speaking in New York during The New Yorker Festival, Rice said Collins "put party and politics over her own stated principles" of supporting equal rights and legal abortion. But only one of the four, Kim Jackson, worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court. "These things always blow over", he told a news conference. We're happy that we won.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

Trump has repeatedly sided with men accused of sexual misconduct and has warned of the dangers false accusations pose to men - even though research has shown false accusations to be extremely rare.

"Kavanaugh's confirmation will leave a lot of outraged and energised women in its wake", said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.

Following Kavanaugh's confirmation, Republican leaders invoked the word in an attempt to paint Democrats as "angry" and desperate to block the conservative majority.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote. The Senate leader claimed the vacancy shouldn't be filled in the months leading up to a presidential election. Accusations from several women remain under scrutiny, and House Democrats have pledged further investigation if they win the majority in November.

During Saturday's vote, senators were showered with cries of "We will not forget", and "Survivors vote" from protesters in the Senate gallery.

"A website went up over these last couple of weeks collecting funds for whoever your opponent may be in 2020", Pelley said.

The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

Susan Collins sat down with 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley to talk about the aftermath of her decision to vote "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, a move that made it all but certain that Kavanaugh would become the next Supreme Court justice.

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