Ramirez says Senate 'looking the other way' - 10/6/2018 10:33:11 AM
Oct 09 2018
McConnell, overseeing a razor-thin 51-49 GOP majority, said he became confident he had the votes only when the roll call happened Friday morning, when the Senate narrowly moved to advance Kavanaugh's nomination. Trump has come down firmly on the other side - saying he's anxious the movement is unfairly targeting men.
On the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that "nothing could get Democrats to consider this nominee with an open mind". Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said that he will also vote yes on Kavanaugh.
And now that the FBI has concluded its investigation without interviewing Dr. Ford or Judge Kavanaugh - given their sworn testimony last week, the FBI apparently deemed there was no need - Democrats are once again caterwauling, criticizing the FBI report as "inadequate", "incomplete", "stunted", "straitjacketed", "very limited", and "a cover up".
Ford privately shared her story with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say their client is not interested in murmurings that Democrats may seek to impeach Judge Brett Kavanaugh if they reclaim the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.
The FBI sent Congress documents detailing additional interviews about Judge Kavanaugh that the agency conducted at the request of some Republican and Democratic senators.
After Collins' announcement that she is pledging her support, Sen. "I met with the nominee for over two hours, attended his hearings, spoke with constitutional experts, and heard from thousands of West Virginians", Manchin wrote in part.
Manchin is the only vulnerable Senate Democrat seeking re-election this year who supported Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Inside the Senate chamber Friday, lawmakers gathered to consider Brett Kavanaugh's controversial nomination to Supreme Court.
While the documents have not been made public, Republicans said they did not back up sexual assault allegations by Dr Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.
"This started out as a debate over judicial philosophy - now it's turned into a referendum on the me too movement - galvanizing women who see it as a reflection of their own experiences with sexual harassment". "I think she will never recover from this", Trump said.
His final confirmation vote is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Here are key moments from the Capitol and what to expect from Saturday's final vote. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
In her announcement on October 13, 2017, in Rockport, she said she would stay in the US Senate because she wanted "to continue to play a key role".
The vote occurred amid smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.
The better measures of Kavanaugh, Kyl said, are the 300-plus opinions he has written while on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the praise from colleagues over the years. But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box". They said he'd push the court farther right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.
The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - allegations he emphatically denied.
"From the content and all capital letters of the text (the alleged witness) seemed to feel that there was a great deal at stake for Brett if Brett's fears of exposure ever became public", Charlton wrote in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was later shared on October 4 with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.