Kavanaugh on track for Supreme Court confirmation

Lamar Ellis
October 9, 2018

Collins later announced she'll back Kavanaugh, while Murkowski opposes confirmation. Capitol police officers gave them two warnings before telling them to disperse or risk arrest.

An alternately tearful and combative Kavanaugh verbally sparred with senators during questioning and charged that he was the victim of a partisan plot cooked up by Democrats to torpedo his nomination to avenge the election of President Trump, who nominated him.

Collins was dismissive of Rice as a potential challenger during an appearance Sunday on CNN, saying "as far as Susan Rice is concerned, her family has a home in ME, but she doesn't live in the state of Maine". Collins was one of four key undecided senators who were closely watched for how they would vote.

Minutes after Collins' announced her support, Manchin announced his backing of the judge.

Republicans control the Senate by a meagre 51-49 margin.

His final confirmation vote is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. He praised her for "extending an olive leaf branch" to the Democrats at the same time that she dismantled their arguments.

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Collins, who told Fox News that she made her decision on Thursday evening, officially made her announcement on the floor of the Senate Friday, hours after the chamber voted 51-49 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote on Saturday evening. Ford's claims, Collins concluded, did not meet a standard of "more likely than not", and Collins therefore did not regard them as disqualifying. "Therefore, I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Yet Kavanaugh's path to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

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The vote Friday significantly bolsters Kavanaugh's prospects, but some votes could change.

The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests. Susan Collins said she'd vote yes on Kavanaugh, shifting the vote count in their favor.

"I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault, and that this trauma has upended her life", Collins said in the speech. "It just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time", Murkowski told reporters after voting to oppose Kavanaugh in a procedural vote Friday morning. "This has truly been the most hard evaluation of a decision that I've ever had to make and I've (sic) made some interesting ones in my political career".

As the end of the vote neared, Maine Sen. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

The West Virginia Democrat declined comment to reporters as he boarded a Senate subway, saying he would release a statement on the Kavanaugh nomination later in the day. "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him", Senator Manchin said in a statement.

That's 1800 miles away from Washington D.C.

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