Melania Trump calls Brett Kavanaugh 'highly qualified,' glad his accuser 'was heard'

10 October, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party. "It's a wake-up call to why it's important to hold the Senate". By the end of the day, there was a slim, 51-49 vote tally in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Murkowski said she was displeased with the nomination process and felt that disrespect to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had gotten out of hand. But for the past few weeks, the battle was dominated by allegations that he sexually abused women decades ago - accusations he emphatically denied.

Democrats paraded to a almost empty Senate chamber overnight and into Saturday to lambaste the nominee.

Jeff Flake is believed to have been what spurred him on to call for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford while they were both teenagers.

Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence.

"November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors", they chanted.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?"

In the hours before the vote, police arrested demonstrators who had broken through barriers around the Capitol and tried to climb the building's steps.

The second time Koegler said Ford brought up the assault was in an email on June 29, 2018, two days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation. At one point in the hearing, Kavanaugh blamed a Clinton-revenge conspiracy for the accusations against him. None of the people at the high school gathering where Ford said the assault took place have corroborated her account, Collins said.

One lone Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge.

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White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support. Flake, Collins and Murkowski all have criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.

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The nomination has become a politically explosive issue ahead of November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said each senator will get a copy of the FBI's report on its investigation.

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Kavanaugh has denied claims of sexual misconduct by three different women. Trump has likewise denied the allegations made against him. President Trump stands firmly with the accused .

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

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh an apparent formality after a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh's nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors' gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

"We know the Senate is better than this, we know the nation deserves better than this", McConnell said.

The road to final confirmation became clearer on Friday morning when Kavanaugh survived a crucial procedural vote 51-49 in the Senate and Collins and Flake lined up with their Republican colleagues - an outcome that was in doubt up until the last minute.

Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had faced similar political pressure heading into Friday's key vote on Kavanaugh's high court nomination.

While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty.

In Egypt Saturday, during her first solo trip overseas, First Lady Melania Trump told reporters that she has told him to put his phone down and stop tweeting and that she doesn't always agree with the president's sentiments.'I don't always agree with what he tweets, and I tell him that, ' she told reporters. "We have a lot of work to do".

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