Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Opposition to Kavanaugh Confirmation Continues Ahead of Final Vote

Opposition to Kavanaugh Confirmation Continues Ahead of Final Vote

Among them were three of the chamber's moderate Republicans, Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat up for re-election in conservative West Virginia.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

On Friday the Senate voted along party lines to remove the last obstacle to holding a decisive vote this weekend.

But her "no" vote will be balanced by a "yes" from the only Democrat set to back the nomination.

In a procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans a vital initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

Confirmation of Kavanaugh would be a crowning achievement for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who blocked a Democratic nominee to the court for more than a year and has muscled dozens of appeals and district court nominees through the Senate.

However, the Manchin, Collins and Flake coalition would be enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they actually follow through on how they are saying they are going to vote.

"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, is the only Republican who has indicated she will vote no.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake, the Republican who stalled Kavanaugh's nomination process by wielding his leverage to call for the Federal Bureau of Investigation review, announced he would vote for Kavanaugh unless something major changes before Saturday. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations. "Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent", collected over $3 million from more than 100,000 pledges as of Saturday morning, including more than $1 million raised since Ms. Collins publicly spoke out Friday afternoon in support of President Trump's pending high court pick. Mr Kavanaugh would actually only need a 50-50 vote, as that would force a tie-breaker in his favour from Vice-President Mike Pence.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is still asking Christine Blasey Ford's legal team to turn over information relating to her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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

As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted, "Shame!"

And he said: "I urge you once again, now for the third time in writing, to turn over the therapy notes, polygraph materials and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence".

How did the senators come to their decisions?

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the Democrats who voted against the motion and has vocally opposed Kavanaugh's nomination since accusations of sexual assault arose in July, lamented the vote's passing on CNN. 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.

The debate sparked smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.

He also is seeking any records relating to communications with Debbie Ramirez and Julie Swetnick - two other women, who have made claims against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

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