Collins announces support for Kavanaugh, making chances of confirmation almost certain
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 07, 2018,
Oct 07, 2018, 15:25
The vote on the judge today was passed 50-48 in the Senate, giving him the post for life.
But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations.
Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn in quickly and will join four liberal justices and four other conservatives as the court, which is expected soon to hear controversial disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights and voting rights. Prominent protesters, including Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested with almost 300 others last week on Capitol Hill.
Aboard Air Force One on the way to Kansas, Trump mocked protesters outside the Supreme Court who opposed the confirmation of Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual assault.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018. I am alarmed about the long-term damage this confirmation does to the judicial process and the American people's faith in our institutions.
The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.
So what were the numbers in the Senate?
"Republicans are the party of law and order and justice". But a change of heart by some lawmakers in the final vote would mean his confirmation could still be derailed. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was instead attending his daughter's wedding. She added that she is glad that the Senate voted, keeping her answers very general.
What was said in the Senate?
Trump also called Kavanaugh, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, en route to Kansas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination. People on the steps of the Capitol chanted "vote them out!" and "the whole world is watching", messages that at times met with jeers and boos from others in the crowd.
Walking a fine line, some conceded that they believed Ford was telling the truth that she was attacked at the party, but did not think the attacker was Kavanaugh.
It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.
Collins said Saturday that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion".
Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.
Skeptical of administrative power: Kavanaugh is skeptical of judges deferring too much to administrative agencies, and in particular has questioned the applicability of the Chevron doctrine, the principle that judges should defer to reasonable interpretations by agencies when statutes are ambiguous. The vote unfolded with protesters shouting from the gallery.
Sen. Jeff Flake, a retiring senator and frequent thorn in the side of Trump, achieved a delay long enough for an FBI to reopen its background investigation of the nominee.
The swearing-in will allow Kavanaugh to be seated on the court immediately.
Now that the bombs have been thrown, it's time to assess the fallout. "It's been important that you haven't had a dynamic where on every issue the court was ruling in a 5-4 decision in a conservative direction - you had a legitimate swing justice".
Basically, it's the final arbiter of U.S. law.
Here's a quick look at some key information about Kavanaugh as he begins his lifetime appointment to the court. Republicans previous year successfully stalled the process, meaning it fell to Mr Trump, not Barack Obama, to nominate the new justice.