Triumphant Trump tweets his support for a Kavanagh victory

07 October, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Brett Kavanaugh A Step Closer To Supreme Court Confirmation After Senate Vote

Trump watched the vote on a large-screen television tuned to Fox News in a wood-paneled cabin on the plane.

Topeka police Sgt. Jayme Green said he didn't know of any arrests being made during the protest.

WASHINGTON ― The Senate held a procedural vote on Friday that puts Brett Kavanaugh one step closer to being confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, said in a tweet that Kavanaugh's confirmation capped, "A week that will live in infamy for the U.S. Senate, permanently diminishing its stature".

Disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops all could be heading towards the nine justices soon and Kavanaugh is widely expected to cast conservative votes in all of them. At his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh stressed that the independent counsel statute in Morrison was different from the current special counsel system which functions as part of the Justice Department.

"I've done so much for Alaska, I'm shocked to see her vote", he said.

Republicans "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result", he added.

The ferocious nature of the confirmation battle could also have an impact on the Court itself, as Kavanaugh's vehement and politicized defense of his own behavior raised questions about his temperament and whether he could genuinely be a honest broker and implementer of the law in the most sensitive cases.

Demonstrators began shouting "I do not consent" as the roll call on Kavanaugh began.

In a statement, the court says Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

In Kavanaugh Fight, Democrats Move Goal Posts Far, Far Away
Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them". I knew Brett at Yale because I was a classmate and a varsity basketball player and Brett enjoyed socializing with athletes.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

Democrats, if they choose to embrace the term "Kavanaughed", will agree that it means wanting to win - and they will point the finger straight at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

After threatening to vote no for Trump's tax bill in December, he eventually changed his mind to help the reform pass by a 51-48 margin.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

Murkowski voted no on the procedural vote; Flake, Collins and Manchin voted yes.

Yet Kavanaugh's path to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce. "But then I found out he was a fraud - he never went to Vietnam", he said.

Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanize Democrats at the polls.

Brett Kavanaugh's partisan outburst in response to allegations that he sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were both teenagers creates a huge and glaring problem for the legitimacy of the Supreme Court's conservative majority in crucial cases that determine who our country elects and how we elect them.

"Kavanaugh's confirmation is devastating as unresolved questions remain about his human rights record, including in relation to the US government's use of torture and other forms of ill treatment, such as during the Central Intelligence Agency detention program", Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International USA's director of security with human rights, said in a statement. "And that's what they've become", he said. "I do not think we've done as thorough and fulsome a job of assessing the facts and the allegations as we should have".

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