Protesters urge Senators to vote 'no' on Kavanaugh as decision looms

08 October, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Lisa Murkowski took the Senate floor Friday evening to announce that she will oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the final Senate vote.

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

Murkowski said she has a high bar for any nominee to the Supreme Court, referencing section 1.2 of the Judicial Code of Conduct, which states that "a judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety". This, after a vote Friday morning, October 5 to move forward on the Kavanaugh confirmation vote.

Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s and his fierce denials, the 53-year-old conservative's nomination was on track for afternoon approval.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and said that his reputation and his family have been "permanently destroyed by vicious an false additional accusations".

This mutual friend was identified to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Deborah Ramirez as a witness to the sexual misconduct Kavanaugh allegedly committed against her at a college party in which he shoved his genitals in her face. "With the Kavanaugh nomination, it has finally hit rock bottom", said Collins.

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Murkowski told reporters she chose to oppose the procedural measure as she walked to the Senate chamber minutes before the vote.

"I believe Brett Kavanaugh is a good man", Murkowski told reporters.

Gillibrand says that after the way Anita Hill was treated by the Senate during the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991, "we said it would never happen again".

Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve.

Friday's vote to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to a final vote was 51-49, with one Democrat voting for advancement and one Republican voting against it. Senators can still change their votes, meaning the GOP may need every single "yes" vote present to confirm Kavanaugh.

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.

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"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". That roll call will end a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee.

Collins, Flake, Murkowski and Manchin were the only lawmakers who didn't reveal until Friday how they would vote on moving the nomination ahead.

"Our Supreme Court process has been in steady decline for over 30 years".

Confirmation for Kavanaugh would be a crowning achievement for Trump, who with a victory could cast the court in a right-leaning direction for decades. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process was scrambled by allegations of sexual misconduct and assault that emerged in recent weeks.

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