Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Kavanaugh a step closer to lifetime Supreme Court post after Senate vote

Kavanaugh a step closer to lifetime Supreme Court post after Senate vote

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him.

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. Every Democrat but one, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support.

Murkowski added in her speech, however, that she plans to ultimately vote "present" in the final vote as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen. Steve Daines of Montana will not be in attendance if there is a Saturday vote because he will be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

A vote is expected at about 2:30 p.m.

Susan Collins, Maine Republican, raised over a million dollars within hours of her promising to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, briefly crashing the site hosting the campaign. Murkowski was the only one of the four who did not support him.

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6.

'Shame on you. How dare you prioritize him over us, ' the two female protestors yelled at said.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), enters the US Capitol before the vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become a US Supreme Court justice in Washington, D.C. October 6, 2018. They raised concerns about his judicial philosophy and how he would rule on abortion and health care issues.

Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, the attorneys representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, spoke to ABC News about the investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of misconduct but did not provide witnesses or evidence.

The FBI conducted a supplemental background investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, and members of Congress were able to see the results of the probe starting Thursday morning.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement earlier this year. He blamed his rocky confirmation process on politics.

But Mr Trump doubled-down on his backing for Mr Kavanaugh and pointed to a counter-protest held to support the judge.

Yet none of that was enough to sway Republicans to oppose Kavanaugh. Deborah Ramirez, a second accuser who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two attended Yale University, voiced similar frustration.

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