Senators Continue Ongoing Discussion About Kavanaugh

Senators Continue Ongoing Discussion About Kavanaugh

He forcefully denied the allegations.

The high court in June sided, on narrow legal grounds, with a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for two men because of his Christian beliefs, but justices sidestepped the larger question of whether to allow broad religious-based exemptions to anti-discrimination laws. "Big day for America!"

Democrats paraded to a almost empty Senate chamber overnight and into Saturday to lambaste the nominee.

In a statement he tweeted, the West Virginia Democrat said he had "reservations about this vote given the serious allegations".

Nadler's comments are likely to be seized on by Republicans, who have accused Democrats of waging a campaign to discredit Kavanaugh at all costs. Democrats belittled the bureau's findings, saying agents constrained by the White House hadn't reached out to numerous other people with potentially important information.

Barring an eleventh-hour development, Kavanaugh's confirmation all but became a done deal on Friday afternoon when Maine Republican Sen. "Sit down and be quiet'".

Although protests on Capitol Hill and in front of the Supreme Court were expected to continue ahead of Saturday's vote, Democrats seemed to concede defeat, and after the long, bitter fight, reaction on both sides was relatively muted. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

"We have to assure the American people either that it was a fair process and that the new justice did not commit perjury, did not do these bad things, or reveal that we just don't know because the investigation was a whitewash", Nadler said.

"November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors", they chanted. Republican Susan Collins of ME added her name to the majority of Senate Republicans who are supporting Kavanaugh.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seemed assured to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

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The Judiciary committee votes on the nomination and sends its recommendation to the full Senate. It would be the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

Blasey, a research psychologist in Northern California, publicly accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were teenagers.

In a letter to the Senate, Koegler expressed concern over its decision to rush Kavanaugh's confirmation process without hearing from Ford's corroborating witnesses, including himself. Referring to the judge's sworn response to Ford's testimony, Markey said, "We heard anger".

Just minutes after Collins's announcement that she is voting yes on Kavanaugh, the Crowdpac site to donate to the effort appeared to have crashed, perhaps from volume of interest. President Trump would have to submit another nominee.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

Kavanaugh, a judge on the Washington, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, clerked for Justice Kennedy and has written dozens of opinions cited by the Supreme Court.

This despite a no vote from Republican Lisa Murkowski - who broke with her party, saying Kavanaugh is the wrong man for theses times....

"It will not change the outcome of the vote, but I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small, very small steps to be gracious with one another", Murkowski said late Friday on the Senate floor.

Friday's "cloture" vote - 51-49 in favour - was a test of support for the embattled nominee who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct from three women, including Prof.