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Backing from senators puts Kavanaugh on track for U.S

Backing from senators puts Kavanaugh on track for U.S”

The US Senate has narrowly advanced President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

Demonstrations have swamped Capitol Hill throughout the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

She added, "The allegations failed to meet the "more likely than not" standard" and, "Therefore, I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Protesters shouted "shame" at Democratic Sen.

Despite deciding against the nominee on Friday, she told reporters afterwards she has still not made up her mind on the confirmation vote, according to Reuters news agency.

Gillibrand says women who've experienced sexual trauma are "tired of the same old scenario where the men are believed and the women are not". Something happened to Dr. Ford.

Deborah Ramirez says the Senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale.

Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations against him.

Kavanaugh, 53, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006 and previously worked in George W. Bush's White House.

In a procedural vote Friday, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate and send the nomination to the full Senate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

Ryan in Redmond said that while he supports the judge, both the idea of a Kavanaugh confirmation and the idea of Kavanaugh losing out on the Supreme Court seat are "scary for both reasons".

Trump weighed in shortly after the roll call was announced, tweeting, "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".

In theory, Kavanaugh could be confirmed, sworn in and sitting on the mahogany bench in the traditional black justice's robe by Tuesday, when the court is next in session. But White House officials learned of Collins' decision to support Kavanaugh in real time.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of the U.S. Congress from the Republicans. And they said Kavanaugh's record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.

The vote gave Trump his second appointee to the court, pleasing conservative voters who might have revolted against GOP leaders had Kavanaugh's nomination flopped.

After the vote was over Friday morning Ms. Murkowski remained on the floor talking with staffers, them approached a few of her Republican colleagues and appeared to be apologizing for not being able to back Judge Kavanaugh. "That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court process is a stark reminder of why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American conscience".

Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was broadcast live on television last Thursday and captured the attention of some 20 million people watching on broadcast and cable networks.

Lawmakers have been caught in the midst of the #MeToo movement, which has spread a spotlight on sexual abuse. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence. Susan Collins, R-ME., and Sen.

Eleven Democrats voted for Thomas, while two Republicans opposed his confirmation. For instance, she said that it was still not clear who drove Ford to the party at which she claims Kavanaugh assaulted her.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: "The most notable part of this report is what's not in it".



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