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09 October 2018, 09:42 | Devin Moran
Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'
Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democrat expected to vote forKavanaugh's confirmation. Sen.
Within minutes of their announcements, potential political challengers to both Collins and Murkowski emerged. Joe Manchin, voted to move forward. Sen.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks in Friday's cloture vote.
The 2008 vice presidential nominee said she would not seek the Republican nomination for the White House by entering what is already a crowded field. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Saturday.
Senators sat at their desks during Saturday's roll call, rising when it was their turn to vote.
Trump's first exuberant response to the vote came in a tweet as he flew to Topeka, Kansas for a campaign rally that is likely to become a raucous victory lap.
All of those seats are now held by republicans, but because of the controversy surrounding Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation, that could change.
Speaking after the vote, McConnell said the protests against Kavanaugh over the past several weeks have "turned our base on fire".
In the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling". That could lead Republican leaders to delay the final vote on Kavanugh until Sunday or next week. Republicans who had seen the FBI's report said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had produced no credible corroboration of the allegations. Protesters began swarming Capitol Hill, creating a tense, confrontational atmosphere that put Capitol Police on edge.
Other vulnerable Senate Democrats such as Sens. He accused Democrats of emboldening protesters: "They have encouraged mob rule".
The demonstrators shouted "shame" and "look at us" as Manchin spoke with reporters about his decision, which came shortly after Republican Sen.
The ferocious nature of the confirmation battle could also have an impact on the Court itself, as Kavanaugh's vehement and politicized defense of his own behavior raised questions about his temperament and whether he could genuinely be a honest broker and implementer of the law in the most sensitive cases. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.
Republicans "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result", he added.
On the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that "nothing could get Democrats to consider this nominee with an open mind".
"The ideals of justice that have served our nation for so long are on display", he said, calling the last two weeks a "disgraceful spectacle".
Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, believes she "did the right thing" in coming foward, according to her attorneys. They said he'd push the court farther right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump. He said his views are "deeply at odds with the progress America has made in the last century of jurisprudence and at odds with what most Americans believe".
The Senate voted to pass its motion to cloture on Friday morning, with a vote tally of 51-49, featuring overwhelming Republican support.
Three days before Ramirez's allegations were published in The New Yorker, Charlton told NBC News that this former classmate told her Kavanaugh had called him, advising him to not say anything "bad" if the press called.
The second time Koegler said Ford brought up the assault was in an email on June 29, 2018, two days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation.
Kavanaugh defended his behavior in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal late Thursday, in which he expressed some regret for his fiery attack on Democrats. "We've heard those voices and I hope we have all learned something, that we owe it to the victims of sexual assault to do more and to do better and to do it now with them".
"I thought I had to even the playing field", he said. "And I think she still feels that was the right thing to do, so I don't think she has any regrets".
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