'A women's wave is coming': Demonstrators at Capitol protest Kavanaugh confirmation
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 07, 2018,
Oct 07, 2018, 7:54
Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed, 50-48. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law past year, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.
He was being sworn in nearly immediately on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts.
In a sign of the tense mood at the Capitol, Republican Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas was interrupted twice by yelling from protesters in the Senate gallery, which is open to visitors.
Then dozens of protesters pushed past the police line and occupied the Supreme Court steps, chanting, pumping fists, one doing yoga poses.
The US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday in the closest such vote in more than a century, amid controversy over sexual abuse allegations against him. Her testimony took place as two more women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him.
"I also think that Judge Kavanaugh's angry, partisan rant on the last day of his testimony was inconsistent with the calm, neutral, and dispassionate stance that we require of all judges in this country".
Gideon said she has never heard anything that leads her to believe that Collins won't seek re-election. "The FBI went through seven investigations and they did a very thorough job, excellent job".
Trump watched the confirmation vote on a large-screen television tuned to Fox News in a wood-paneled cabin on the plane. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge.
During her whistlestop five-hour stay, the US First Lady met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife, first lady Entissar Mohameed Amer, before heading to the nearby city of Giza to see the pyramids and Sphinx where she highlighted US-backed preservation efforts there.
Professor Ford, claimed Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge took her to a bedroom and turned the music loud, pinned her to the bed before groping and grounding on her. Capitol police dragged some screaming protesters out of the chamber.
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.
Not only did a former Obama administration official, Susan Rice, drop a hint Friday that she might make a run for the senior Maine senator's seat, but two Maine Democrats indicated an interest just minutes after Collins cast her vote in favor of Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon.
"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".
But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations.
Republicans hope the battle to confirm Kavanaugh will energize their base for the midterm elections.
Several polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind, jumped after the Kavanaugh hearing last week.
The partying featured none other than Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said that "everyone is pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70", in reaction to the Kavanaugh news.
Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.
Meanwhile, Republicans raged against the other women's accusations.
As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards.