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Collins announces support for Kavanaugh, making chances of confirmation almost certain

Collins announces support for Kavanaugh, making chances of confirmation almost certain

In the end, Collins and Murkowski diverged.

On Roe v. Wade, an issue for which Collins expressed support, the senator noted that Kavanaugh respects judicial precedent except in extreme circumstances.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Kavanaugh's confirmation "a low moment for the Senate, the court, and the country" and said of Kavanaugh, "He doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench".

House Democrats will open an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct and perjury against Judge Brett Kavanaugh if they win control of the House in November, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who is in line to be the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Friday.

Judge Kavanaugh and Ford both gave emotional testimonies regarding her allegations.

Murkowski chose the opposite path. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life. But she is also under great pressure from Kavanaugh opponents in ME, where activists have been crowdfunding a hypothetical Democratic opponent for 2020 should she vote "yes". In addition, Republican Senator Jeff Flake has also indicated he is a yes vote. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who won't be up for election for four years. And so I have been wrestling with whether or not this was about qualifications of a good man or is this bigger than the nomination.

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Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, volunteered herself on Twitter as a Democratic opponent to Collins in Maine.

Collins said she is still undecided on her final decision but told members of the press that she would announce her final decision on Friday afternoon, according to NBC News. "Watching [Ford], I could not help but feel that some people who wanted to engineer the defeat of this nomination cared little, if at all, for her well-being", she said. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of Kavanaugh's most ardent supporters. But her speech sounded like someone who had her mind made up long before she announced her decision. He said, "I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution".

Complicating matters, the office of Republican Steve Daines said he was planning to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.

Murkowski called her decision, which she quietly announced in the chamber after other swing votes had announced they would vote in favor of Kavanaugh, "the most hard evaluation of a decision that I've ever had to make". And she still stuck to her conscience. The House voted to impeach him in 1804 on counts that he had let his political bias sway his rulings, but he was acquitted of all counts by the Senate. She was re-elected in 2016. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation. She also spoke of the constituents who reached out to tell her of their stories of assault. "Fairness is most in jeopardy ... when passions are inflamed", she said on October 5, referring to allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

But that evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982, when both were teenagers. "I think this will be very close and we'll have to find out later today when we vote".


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