Ramirez says Senate 'looking the other way' - 10/6/2018 10:33:11 AM

"I have met with so many survivors, and I know that every single one of us has, and I've heard from colleagues as they have shared with me that they have been truly surprised, many stunned, by what they are learning is the prevalence of this unfortunately in our society today", she said.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

Trump has been holding rallies across the country as he tries to boost Republican turnout in November's midterm elections, which will determine which party will control the House and Senate during the second half of Trump's term.

Murkowski said she was displeased with the nomination process and felt that disrespect to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had gotten out of hand.

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".

Still, it was a close-run thing: Kavanaugh's nomination was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, which sparked uproar and forced Republicans to delay the confirmation vote for a week to allow time for a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

Trump said he watched the saga and watched Kavanaugh suffer "with false statements made about him, things that never happened".

Koegler identified himself as a close friend of Ford and her husband, saying he has known them for more than five years and had coached their son's baseball team. The chamber voted 51-49 to move forward with President Donald Trump's nominee. Capitol police led protesters away one by one.

Throughout the process, left-wing political activists, paid community organizers, and protesters have shouted down Kavanaugh supporters, repeatedly interrupted hearings and media interviews, and sought to intimidate undecided senators.

"If you fail to stand up for the people of ME and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020", the campaign website reads.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage. Kavanaugh denies the accusation. "The fact that the FBI did not interview either Christine or Judge Kavanaugh, by itself, renders absurd any assertion that the investigation was 'thorough'".

In the end, all but one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted no on the motion to cloture. In 1881, Justice Stanley Matthews prevailed in a vote of 24-23. "It will not change the outcome of the vote".

Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes.

A final confirmation vote is expected Saturday afternoon. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh's nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors' gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests.

Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had faced similar political pressure heading into Friday's key vote on Kavanaugh's high court nomination. "We've sort of been under assault, and everybody made a decision to stand up to the mob and not be intimated by these people", he said.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", the senator said on the Senate floor.

Murkowski said it was time for the Senate to improve its process and level of respect for each other and those involved in congressional processes.

  • Rogelio Becker