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

Protesters gather at Capitol ahead of Senate vote on Kavanaugh

Protesters gather at Capitol ahead of Senate vote on Kavanaugh

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME cast their votes in favour of Kavanaugh.

"I do not consent, where's my representation", one yelled.

Confirmation would hand Trump a clear victory and tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favor of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military.

Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.

Trump told reporters aboard the flight he is certain one of Kavanaugh's accusers, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, named the wrong person when she identified Kavanaugh as the man who assaulted her when the two were in high school.

Saturday's confirmation is seen as a clear win for President Donald Trump in his efforts to further push the court to the right. It ensures that Trump's influence, and that of a Republican stranglehold on power in Washington since the 2016 election, will endure long after current GOP leaders have left the scene.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he's replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on - two conservatives and two liberals. And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers.

On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".

Hours before Senators are set to vote, protesters took to Capital Hill to urge them to vote against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. A female protester began shouting "I do not consent".

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

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. Flake, Manchin and Collins voting as they said Friday they will would keep the nomination from going to a vice presidential tie breaking situation.

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

Due to news reports on Kavanaugh over the past two weeks, the process of confirming a Supreme Court justice, she said, hit "rock bottom" with protests and theatrics.

At the White House on Sunday, Trump lauded Collins' hard work and "impassioned" speech on the Senate floor Friday announcing how she would vote.

The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied.

In a floor speech later on Friday, Murkowski expressed sympathy for both Ford and Kavanaugh.

"I think it's unfair to people who have actually been abused, raped and molested, for her to come forward and say that she was when maybe she wasn't, and all those people that have, it's just a mockery", she said.

Joe Manchin was also confronted by protesters on October 5, 2018, who demanded he oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. Steven Daines, considered a reliable Kavanaugh vote, would not have to fly back from his daughter's wedding today to cast his vote.

Oddly, Ms Murkowski will also separately be counted for a "yes" vote.

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