Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Brett Kavanaugh A Step Closer To Supreme Court Confirmation After Senate Vote

Brett Kavanaugh A Step Closer To Supreme Court Confirmation After Senate Vote

Republicans have said that a week-long investigation, summed up in the FBI dossier, had turned up nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations against the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who now sits on a federal court in Washington.

Senate Republicans projected optimism on Thursday after reviewing the results of an FBI investigation into allegations against the nominee that they say indicate there is no corroboration for accusations he has faced.

Flake's "yes" vote - combined with his comments Thursday that the FBI's supplemental investigation had been thorough and provided no corroborating evidence of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez - suggest he will nearly certainly be a "yes" on final confirmation.

Allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both teenagers have added to protests against the nomination.

Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more "yes" vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top United States court. "I will be voting yes on proceeding to the final confirmation vote and I will announce my intentions on how to vote later today", she told reporters on Friday.

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While the "cloture" vote is just a procedural step, it's the first time the full Senate has voted on Kavanaugh. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!". Joe Manchin told reporters he would vote to confirm him.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) voted to advance the nomination to the Supreme Court. That investigation took two days, and ultimately Thomas was confirmed to the court.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Collins said in remarks that stretched for more than 40 minutes but addressed the sexual-abuse allegations only near the end.

Palin, who had been appointed to Alaska's powerful oil and gas commission board by Frank Murkowski, won broad public support from Alaskans due to her record as a reformer and whistleblower who called out the corruption in the Murkowski administration for cronyism with the big oil companies, an action which led to the largest ethics fine in Alaska history.

With the political world holding its breath, Collins spoke of a lack of "corroborating evidence" to back up Ford's claims that Kavanaugh was the man who assaulted her more than three decades ago.

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Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins supported the motion, as did Democratic Sen.

Lawyers for both women said the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't interview people who could have corroborated their accounts.

Speaking ahead of the vote Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said hailed Kavanaugh as a 'nominee of the very highest caliber, a brilliant legal mind...with a proven devotion to the rule of law'.

The letter was sent to the Senate Majority leader Set.

The judge says also said the high court "must never be viewed as a partisan institution". Given the opportunity to speak to these allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh displayed no sensitivity to the rights of women who come forward with allegations of sexual violence.

Confirmation would hand Trump a clear victory and tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favor of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military.

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