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Confirmation all but certain for Kavanaugh

09 October 2018

In a statement on his decision to vote for Kavanaugh, Manchin expressed "reservations" against supporting him given the serious nature of the allegations against him, but said that based on the "information" available, he feels the Supreme Court nominee is a "qualified jurist".

Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

The Senate vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is certain to be close, even if the outcome is no longer suspenseful.

All but one Republican lined up behind him, arguing that a truncated FBI investigation turned up no corroborating witnesses and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

In a lengthy floor speech, Collins portrayed Kavanaugh as a "centrist" judge and cited her belief in the "presumption of innocence" when weighing whether to confirm the nominee, despite believing that accuser Christine Blasey Ford survived a sexual assault.

"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man, I believe he is a good man".

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter".

In fact, during her 21 years in the Senate, Collins has voted for judicial nominees put forward by Republican presidents almost 99 percent of the time, according to a Globe analysis of her roll call votes.

Ford privately shared her story with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.

Their move meant that McConnell could forge the narrowest of majorities to clear Kavanaugh, despite the fact that another Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, opposed him.

Ramirez says in a statement released by her lawyers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to speak to witnesses who could corroborate her story. She has faced pressure from home state Alaskans, including Native Alaskan women, who have described the scourge of sexual assault.

The reaction has been swift, with former President George Bush and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders both tweeting their support for Collins. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks towards to the Senate chamber to listen to Sen.

All of Manchin's Democratic colleagues in the Senate are likely to vote no on Kavanaugh.

Those legal arguments evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982 when both were teenagers. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line. "That takes some backbone, '" she said, quoting Kavanaugh.

How do I know it was Democrats who leaked her letter? Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), were once thought to be potential votes to confirm Kavanaugh, but over the last couple of weeks, they said that they will vote against Kavanaugh.

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage. But after watching his testimony, she said, she could not in her conscience conclude "that he is the right person" for the court at this time. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: "my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters".

Confirmation all but certain for Kavanaugh