Susan Collins says she wavered on Kavanaugh nomination

The Democrats are seen as having more chance of winning control of the House of Representatives than the Senate.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh came under intense scrutiny after multiple women came forward to accuse the 53-year-old judge of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

On Tuesday morning, he will sit to the left of Justice Elena Kagan, in the most junior spot on the high court's bench, and will hear arguments in three criminal cases before the court.

"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

Kavanaugh was one of the lead writers of the report. But she did not say Kavanaugh or Judge assaulted the girls in the bedroom, nor did she provide the names of corroborating witnesses. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". And of course, despite all efforts, they ultimately failed their crucial goal of preventing the Supreme Court from shifting right.

His nomination was greeted by staunch protest in the District with thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters swarming Capitol Hill over the past week.

Kavanaugh has served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.

"Very, very good", Trump said. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh because he is an outstanding person and I'm very honoured to have chosen him". "Everyone knows when you just interview a small number of people and not the dozens of others who wanted to be interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it's a sham".

The upper house is split 51-49 in favour of the Republicans and the vote was largely along party lines. Joe Manchin crossing the aisle and becoming the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Never let Collins have a moment of peace in public again", she wrote.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, attractive speech". "I have to do what I think is right, and that's what I did", she told WCSH-TV. "And that is hard".

After the vote on Saturday, she voiced hope that Kavanaugh would work "to restore or build that public confidence".

Eight years ago, Republican leaders abandoned the Alaska senator after she lost to a tea party primary challenger. That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes". Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

That's because Republican senators who had been wavering on the issue have come down, with one exception, on Mr Kavanaugh's side.

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

McConnell's latest ― and convenient ― reason for blocking Garland leaves wiggle room for Trump to potentially nominate another Supreme Court justice in 2020 if an opening occurs then, despite the senator's rejection of Garland during the 2016 presidential election year. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

Because, make no mistake, in an election cycle that may well turn out to be the year of the woman, the Republican Party's treatment of Christine Blasey Ford and other Kavanaugh accusers as well the conduct of party leaders like Chuck Grassely have made amply clear that the GOP is the party of men.

Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, frightful attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

Kavanaugh replaces retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative jurist who often cast the deciding swing vote on ideologically divisive issues, upholding abortion and gay rights and the use of affirmative action aiding racial minorities in college admissions.

  • Leroy Wright