Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'

Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'

A US senator whose vote will be crucial to deciding Brett Kavanaugh's bid for a Supreme Court seat said on Friday she will support the nominee, all but ensuring he will sit on the highest USA court despite accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

On Friday he voted to advance the nominee, then told reporters that barring any dramatic changes, he will vote yes on Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Democratic senators don't want Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court justice.

The article was published the same day the FBI made available to senators a report on its speedy investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s. Two other women also publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh denied all the allegations. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law a year ago, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

The FBI interviewed Ramirez as part of a background check investigation opened by the White House.

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday said Kavanaugh represents "a hard-right, conservative jurisprudence, far, far away from what average Americans believe".

"They managed to deliver the only thing we had not been able to figure out how to do, which is to get our folks fired up", McConnell said.

A key procedural vote Friday morning passes with a simple majority and that starts the clock for a final confirmation vote on judge Brett Kavanaugh to happen by Saturday afternoon, October 6 at around 5 p.m.

Without Daines's vote and with Murkowski's vote against Kavanaugh, all three-Flake, Collins, and Manchin-as well as Vice President Mike Pence's tiebreak, are needed to confirm Kavanaugh.

But Sen. Collins took to the senate floor just Friday evening to announce she would support Kavanaugh.

"I think based on judicial philosophy...his failure to say he will recuse himself from issues involving the president who appointed him, the incredible lack of documentation based upon his record, and his demeanor last week disqualifies him".

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.

In a twist, Murkowski said she would state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen.

"Our Supreme Court process has been in steady decline for over 30 years". They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation initiate legal action.

Demonstrators held signs calling Kavanaugh a bad nominee because of sexual assault allegations against him and saying the selection process seemed to be biased against women.

Though Collins certainly understood the seriousness of Dr. Ford's claims and said she believed Ford's contention that something happened to her, the senator noted that the evidence does not support Kavanaugh's guilt.

It would be a cruel irony if Manchin voted for Kavanaugh and helped save his nomination while a Republican, Murkowski, voted against him, but given that he is up for reelection in a state where Trump remains popular, it is a distinct possibility.

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