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06 October 2018, 01:41 | Erica Roy
US Senate: Don't Approve Kavanaugh Nomination
President Trump cheered the Senate for voting to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination forward on Friday.
A final Senate vote is set for Saturday. If the vote somehow becomes 50-50 on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie in favor of Kavanaugh.
It's the issue that has divided the nation ever since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford revealed on September 16 that she is the anonymous person who wrote a letter alleging that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. He has denied her allegations, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct from two other women.
The suspense over whether Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court associate justice is likely to end this weekend, after Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted no. "I will continue to stand up for them".
Collins is among the few wavering senators who could decide whether Kavanaugh is confirmed for a seat on the high court.
On the flip side, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake has announced he is not running for re-election, thus freeing him from the burden of expectation from Trump supporters, but he still went along with the party for the procedural vote.
"If [Kavanaugh] would take a polygraph, it would all be over, Senator Graham", a voice shouted to Graham in the Capitol hallway.
Republicans said the secret document which described interviews agents conducted with 10 witnesses failed to find anyone who could corroborate allegations by his two chief accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
While the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, Democrats have also questioned Kavanaugh's drinking habits during high school and college and dishonest comments they say he has made about his background.
All three of the law professors who spoke to The Spokesman-Review said they signed the letter and spoke out in a personal capacity and were not representing Gonzaga with their comments.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., looks on before the arrival ofTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a Senate Appropriations Committee for Financial Services hearing on the proposed FY2019 budget in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2018. A failure to advance Kavanaugh's nomination would deliver a potentially fatal blow to Donald Trump's embattled supreme court pick, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was broadcast live on television last Thursday and captured the attention of some 20 million people watching on broadcast and cable networks. Dick Durbinon Friday said his confirmation "would shake the confidence of millions of Americans and the integrity of our Supreme Court".
Republicans hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate.
Confirming Mr Kavanaugh to the lifetime post would hand Mr Trump a clear victory and tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favour of conservatives in possible legal battles over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Mr Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military.
"Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America", McConnell said on Capitol Hill on Thursday talking about Kavanaugh, while blasting Democrats. But he told an audience of retirees in Boca Raton, Florida, he does not think Kavanaugh has the right temperament for the job. The fact that Brett Kavanaugh couldn't should be disqualifying.
"His performance in the hearings changed my mind", said Stevens, a lifelong Republican.
While Republican senators are saying the FBI investigation did not yield any additional corroborating evidence, Democrat senators are claiming the investigation was incomplete.