Friday, 19 October, 2018

Ford's sister-in-law: Manchin and Collins created an 'alternate reality' to support Kavanaugh

Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. left walks out of his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday Alex Brandon Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. left walks out of his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday
Andrew Cummings | 07 October, 2018, 02:51

The roll call vote is expected to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. That's not conclusive evidence of what they will do on Saturday, but it sure looks better for Kavanaugh's chances than if they had voted against ending debate on the nomination.

Democrats have said Republican gerrymandering has helped Trump's party keep control of the US House of Representatives and various state legislatures.

Even before the sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants.

She said while she believed Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager, the allegations "fail to meet the "more likely than not" standard. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations.

Republican Senator Deb Fischer described Kavanaugh as "one of the most thoughtful, preeminent judges in our nation".

Democrats are seen as having a solid chance to captured the House, fueled in part by women voters who are upset over Kavanaugh and dislike Trump. In a move that left Republicans furious, Sen. "Sit down and be quiet'".

Ahead of the vote, protesters and activists flooded the areas outside the Supreme Court and the US Capitol to oppose his confirmation. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

"'Oh, oh, oh, I resign, I quit, '" Trump joked.

"Susan Collins says she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh, partially because the man who lied repeatedly in his confirmation hearings told her he considered Roe 'settled law.' Senator Collins, there is still time to change your mind and do the right thing". That was the day's first GOP victory in the spellbinding battle that's been fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and stalwart conservative support for Trump.

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Mr Kavanaugh has claimed the assault allegations are part of a conspiracy of revenge orchestrated by Hillary and Bill Clinton. Two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, are yet to declare their intentions.

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Northern Ireland has had no functioning government for almost two years, preventing the Assembly from sitting. He said: "I write this with heavy heart, however we now need a proper leadership election and to move on".

The vote tally is 51-49, while the fate of full confirmation, which could be as early as Saturday, remains unclear.

In the procedural ballot, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

"The Senate confirmation process is not a trial".

In a letter to the Senate, Koegler expressed concern over its decision to rush Kavanaugh's confirmation process without hearing from Ford's corroborating witnesses, including himself.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican.

At that point, Murkowski came out against Kavanaugh while Flake said he would back him barring a last-minute surprise. President Trump would have to submit another nominee.

Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure. "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", he said.

The senator said she spoke with Judge Kavanaugh in her office for two hours, an additional hour on the phone and dozens of her own constituents before making her decision. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump can not afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.

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