Susan Collins on Friday was dubbed a "rape apologist" by a women's activist group amid her decision to support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Joe Manchin on Friday after he said he'll vote yes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. In a second tweet, she cautioned that she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed" in Collins' vote.
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She added, "The allegations failed to meet the "more likely than not" standard" and, "Therefore, I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".
Further complicating matters for the Republican leadership, Senator Steve Daines was set to be at his daughter's wedding on Saturday and has said he will not miss the ceremony.
"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", she warned.
The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before November 6 midterm elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.
Some gathered to show their support for Trump's nominee, as Caroline Simon reports for USA Today.
Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the US Supreme Court appeared all but assured Friday after two key lawmakers who had wavered on his controversial nomination signaled their support. And Collins said an Federal Bureau of Investigation report issued Thursday that found no evidence corroborating Ford's story gave her no reason to deny Kavanaugh's confirmation. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Support from Collins and Manchin would give Kavanaugh at least 51 votes. She specifically dismissed the accusations made by Julie Swetnick as "outlandish" (despite the fact that Swetnick was questioned by neither the Senate nor the FBI). Manchin followed her lead. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby.
"Senator Collins will be well-funded [too], I can assure you", McConnell said.
Murkowski said later that although she opposes Kavanaugh she will ask to be recorded as "present" during Saturday's confirmation vote to accommodate Republican Sen.
Interested in Supreme Court?"And that is hard".
But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.
In retrospect the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh may turn out to be a great turning point in USA constitutional law as he consummates a hard-core conservative majority likely to break cherished precedents and set a new path on issues ranging from reproductive rights to health care and the environment. If the cloture votes hold, Republicans may go ahead and vote in Daines' absence and confirm Kavanaugh on a 50-49 vote.
Which, maybe! As I said above, nothing is official until the final confirmation vote happens on Saturday.
The vote occurred against a backdrop of smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides.
Protesters surrounded Democratic Sen. That reflected Democrats' lasting umbrage over Republicans' 2016 refusal to even consider Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
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Trump dismissed the mostly female anti-Kavanaugh protesters - and claimed that billionaire financier George Soros, a frequent target of conservatives, was behind their demonstrations. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.