Kavanaugh steps away from being confirmed as US Supreme Court judge

Kavanaugh steps away from being confirmed as US Supreme Court judge

Kavanaugh steps away from being confirmed as US Supreme Court judge

And while only she herself can really judge whether she feels she was personally annihilated in the process, the vicious personal attacks by Republican legislators and conservative activists must surely have rattled her to the core - not to mention the vile insults and the death threats she and her family had to endure since her coming forward.

The U.S. Senate, as well as American voters, are bitterly divided over the Federal Bureau of Investigation report and the qualification of the judge for sitting on the highest U.S. court.

"Based on all the factors we have before us, I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh has earned this seat", she said.

Nadler's comments are likely to be seized on by Republicans, who have accused Democrats of waging a campaign to discredit Kavanaugh at all costs.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), enters the US Capitol before the vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become a US Supreme Court justice in Washington, D.C. October 6, 2018.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who Kavanaugh famously tangled with when she asked whether he had ever blacked out from heavy drinking, spoke out to Ford from the Senate floor. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, raising anxieties and underscoring the passions the nomination fight has aroused.

While Collins acknowledged that Blasey Ford's testimony was honest, painful and compelling, and that the accuser is a sexual assault survivor, she added that "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court". Tammy Duckworth's vote against advancing Kavanaugh on Friday were no surprise given their previous statements. Manchin is the sole Democrat who said he will vote to confirm.

On Friday by a razor-thin margin, the Senate voted mostly down party lines in a 51-49 vote to move forward with a final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, a move that sparked protests on the steps of the Capitol and across the nation.

Just minutes after Collins's announcement that she is voting yes on Kavanaugh, the Crowdpac site to donate to the effort appeared to have crashed, perhaps from volume of interest.

McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination
Who else didn't talk with investigators? Two GOP votes against Kavanaugh's confirmation sink it if every Democrat votes no. Collins is one of a handful of key "undecided" senators Republicans need to push Kavanaugh's confirmation through.

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Sen.

It seems highly unlikely, but Collins could potentially still change her mind before the confirmation vote. One woman held a sign saying "Predators Club" with pictures of Kavanaugh, Justice Clarence Thomas and President Donald Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted, "Thank you @SenatorCollins for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". Kavanaugh vigorously denied the allegations. She may not have been able to stop the confirmation train, but she forced an issue out into the open that has been ignored for too long.

Collins hasn't opposed any Supreme Court nominee since she was elected to the Senate in 1996.

But, make no mistake: The cloture vote was seen as an absolutely key test of Kavanaugh's strength among the four undecided Senators - Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia - who had (and have) the ability to make or break the nomination. But it wasn't clear at the time that she would be a "yes"' for the nominee.

Kavanaugh also faced questions about his temperament and his honesty during his politically charged hearings.

And you should write this op-ed in The Wall Street Journal and say, you know what?

There are 21 Senators on Judiciary committee.

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