Friday, 19 October, 2018

Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

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Faye Gross | 09 October, 2018, 03:58

A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police.

Hours before the undecided senators indicated their backing, the US Senate narrowly advanced President Donald Trump's nominee to a final vote by voting to strictly limit debate on the issue.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is one of the vital swing Republicans on Kavanaugh's confirmation, said that she will vote yes on the motion to pass cloture and that she will reveal her vote whether to confirm Kavanaugh later Friday afternoon. Sen.

After Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies. The roll call seemed destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side capping a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his nominee.

During the controversial speech, Trump mocked Ford and mimicked her, claiming her allegations against Kavanaugh lacked sufficient detail.

One US president spoke with Sen.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on the Senate floor before the vote, raised concerns that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v Wade - the 1973 decision that found a constitutional right to abortion - and was extreme on gun rights.

"Much like the need to show some lenience in evaluating the testimony of a victim of sexual assault, I think we can appreciate the role of emotion in his testimony", he said.

Ford's attorney Debra Katz tells CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that Ford only wanted to tell her story to Senate Judiciary Committee members. He said he would return to cast the decisive vote if needed. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

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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.

The events on the Senate floor capped a dramatic day across the U.S. Capitol, where opponents and supporters held competing rallies around Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated. They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

Manchin is the only vulnerable Senate Democrat seeking re-election this year who supported Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president's "favorite for SCOTUS", he said. The Republicans defended Kavanaugh, saying he had been unfairly attacked and praising his record as a judge. In a second tweet, she cautioned that she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed" in Collins' vote.

Their testimony led to a brief FBI investigation into the matter, which Senate Republicans have said prove the allegations against Kavanaugh can not be corroborated. "Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred, none of the individuals professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night". "And that is hard". "I think she will never recover from this", Trump said. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he would be attending his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday. "It will not change the outcome of the vote".

Joe Manchin said he, too, would back Kavanaugh, ensuring at least 51 "yes" votes in the Senate. The vote is expected to come Saturday.

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