Obama AG Eric Holder questions legitimacy of Supreme Court after Kavanaugh confirmation

09 October, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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The session was presided over by Pence. Collins and Murkowski have also proven themselves to be more moderate than many other Republican senators; they voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act in July 2017.

And he says he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh was something positive.

Mr McConnell said at a press conference that putting Mr Kavanaugh on the court "was about treating someone fairly". These things are of such high priority to them, that they're willing to ram through a person who has been credibly accused of multiple instances of sexual assault, simply because he'll vote their way on the bench.

Trump is expected to watch the vote play out from aboard Air Force One as he flies to Kansas.

"I think the justices care very much about collegiality and not purely for the sake of collegiality".

The allegations led to Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee during an epic hearing. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, said Friday.

He encouraged viewers to vote in the midterm elections. Just as he has been highly regarded as a fair-minded and independent judge on the Circuit Court, I believe that is how he will be viewed on the Supreme Court.

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Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court. Her story began crumbling after Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell published a report noting all of Ford's inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

Protesters in the Senate Gallery interrupted the vote by yelling and were escorted out of the building by security.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote.

Speaking after the vote, McConnell said the protests against Kavanaugh over the past several weeks have "turned our base on fire". And they've sent women and survivors of sexual assault a chilling message: "politics come before justice in the U.S. Senate".

The president went on to tell The Post, "You can also say that this is the president that gave Alaska ANWR, which is the biggest oil deal in the world. OK?"

"As I said on the floor of the Senate, the confirmation process has become poisonous, and senators on both sides of the aisle need to work together to fix some of the damage to the institution and the country". "I hope people vote anyway, but unfortunately for Iowans, we can't vote against the senators responsible for this [this year]".

Murkowski lost a primary battle in 2010 but was re-elected as a write-in candidate.

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Joe Manchin, facing a tough re-election race next month in a state that Mr Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote for Mr Kavanaugh. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line. Susan Collins for the speech she delivered Friday announcing her support for the nominee.

In testimony to the committee, Kavanaugh defended his judicial record and categorically denied the allegations with strong emotion, at times tearing up and firing questions back at senators.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said.

Ten minutes later, at approximately 3:55 p.m., all the votes were tallied.

Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.

Speaking to NPR on Friday, a lawyer for Ford said the California professor's goal was never to derail the nomination.

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