Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as next Supreme Court justice despite sex assault claims

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

The vote on confirming Kavanaugh as an associate justice will begin at roughly 3:30 p.m., and senators have been advised to be in their seats by the time the historic roll call begins.

Although some polls have shown increasing Republican enthusiasm ahead of the November midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, Kavanaugh's support among voters as a whole is historically low. "I met with the nominee for over two hours, attended his hearings, spoke with constitutional experts, and heard from thousands of West Virginians", Manchin wrote in part.

Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled US Supreme Court nominee put forward by US President Donald Trump, was poised to win Senate confirmation today, weathering sexual misconduct allegations and attacks on his character and temperament.

"Truly, this confirmation vote is a low moment for the Senate and the country". He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.

The senate voted 51-to-49 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a floor vote.

Friday morning, Democratic Sen. "But certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence, and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I can not abandon them", she said on the Senate floor. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said Friday she would be voting against Kavanaugh.

Last Friday, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, asked for an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct after assault survivors confronted him in the Capitol Building.

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Murkowski said she made up her mind to vote against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination as she entered the chamber to vote Friday. But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

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Hatch's office posted on Twitter a link to the letter on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website. Julie Swetnick sat down with Kate Snow in what everyone thought would be a bombshell interview .

Following the accusations, both Ford and Kavanaugh gave emotional testimonies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended most of 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.

"Countless North Dakotans and others close to me have since reached out and told me their stories of being raped or sexually assaulted - and expressed the same anguish and fear".

One of those women, Debbie Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University in the 1980s, issued a statement on Saturday saying that as she watched the Senate debate, "I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way".

Injecting even more uncertainty into the process is the fact that Republican Sen. She voted "present", balancing out Daines' absence.

- Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 6, 2018To survivors in CT & around the nation: I know this day is especially painful for you, but please know that we stand with you.

Collins, who voted earlier to move Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote, was one of four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday. He is heading to NY for a congressional fundraiser Friday but planned to be back in Washington for the final vote. If they don't, it will be delayed. He relied on his calendars from high school as evidence that he never assaulted Ford. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

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