As Kavanaugh vote looms, protesters swarm Washington for final push

As Kavanaugh vote looms, protesters swarm Washington for final push

As Kavanaugh vote looms, protesters swarm Washington for final push

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who voted to advance Kavanaugh, said she will announce her decision on confirmation later Friday.

If senators do not change their voting intentions, Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the top United States court.

The outcome of the vote, expected to be either Saturday afternoon or evening, is likely to be 50-48 as a result.

But even if the House impeaches Kavanaugh, two-thirds of the Senate - a supermajority - would need to vote to remove him following a trial, making the likelihood of his ousting very small.

The Senate is now composed of 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and two Independents; the latter typically vote with Democrats.

Collins voted to end debate on Kavanaugh's confirmation, paving the way for a final vote.

So what are the numbers?

(Republicans now have a 51 to 49 seat majority in the Senate, and they will likely keep control of the chamber in November).

Jocelyn Sigue was one of a number of visitors who wrote a note about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Sen.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man".

"And anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn't know her. Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination".

Support by Collins and Manchin gives Kavanaugh at least 51 votes in the 100-member Senate for an election-season victory against the backdrop conflict of the #MeToo movement and staunch conservative support for Trump.

More than 300 people were arrested at the protests, including the comedian Amy Schumer, who is a second cousin of Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer, and model Emily Ratajkowski.

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In a follow-up tweet , the Yale Law Schooler lecturer wrote: "Those are fundamental values we try to instill in our students". Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington , on September 27, 2018.

Collins has never opposed a Supreme Court nominee, voting to confirm the past five justices from Republican and Democratic presidents. Mr Flake has been a frequent critic of Mr Trump but said he would vote yes, barring any major changes in evidence.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate from Alaska, voted against advancing Kavanaugh in Friday morning's procedural vote.

The letter was sent to the Senate Majority leader Set. Steve Daines, who will be at his daughter's wedding in Montana. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who was considered a swing got on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, but would be protesters arrived Friday to find the office locked. The Republican Party has the votes and the battle appears over.

Initially, it was unclear whether that meant he would support Trump's nominee to the nation's highest court.

Now that the bombs have been thrown, it's time to assess the fallout.

Durbin has been an outspoken opponent of the process to confirm Kavanaugh, trying to push him in a high-wattage public hearing last week to endorse an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", she said.

Yesterday both senators Flake and Collins said that the recent Federal Bureau of Investigation background report into Kavanaugh was "thorough" and did not corroborate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against the nominee. He denies Ms Ramirez's allegations, too.

Why is the court so important?

It has the ultimate say on such contentious issues as abortion and gun control.

Most obviously, that Murkowski is nearly certainly a "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

When Clarence Thomas took a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, he had only barely survived a series of bitter Senate hearings on allegations of sexual harassment that divided the country.

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