Sen. Susan Collins Says She Doesn’t Believe Kavanaugh Was Ford’s Attacker


Vice President Mike Pence had to call the room to order after protesters broke in at the start of the vote, shouting "shame on you". In the same chat, Trump praised Sen.

"The Senate is about to elevate a nominee who doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the confirmation vote, adding that the judge is an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanor".

The procedure, which involves Murkowski being recorded as "present" in the vote as opposed to "no", is unusual enough that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office issued an explanation to reporters on Friday night.

Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, both regarded as swing votes, said they would support Kavanaugh.

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.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions. Protesters stormed the steps of the Supreme Court - banging on the door in indignation. But we will carry that anger into the election.

"This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old psychology professor, said Kavanaugh attacked her at a party 36 years ago in a suburban Maryland home when he was 17 and she was 15.

Collins announces support for Kavanaugh, making chances of confirmation almost certain
Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. She then claimed Kavanaugh tried to rip her clothes off and held his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.

There were no last minute surprises or curveballs - Brett Kavanaugh got the votes he needed to be confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. but just barely. "However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life", Manchin said. That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, opposing forces that left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks. U.S. Capitol Police began arresting some of them.

A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.

On Friday, in the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling".

Though she knew Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation would be high when she arrived today, Piper said she still felt a sense of optimism.

President Trump said in an exclusive interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro that he was "shocked" to see Alaska Republican Sen. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

President Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh had all the echoes of President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Bork in July 1987 to replace the retiring Lewis Powell, whose 16 previous years as a justice had been marked by centrist votes that maintained abortion rights and affirmative action.