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US Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

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Bennie Garza | 06 October, 2018, 14:38

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

"We're just really trying to keep up a presence here, ' said Tatiana Seryan, 41, who is from New York City but has protested in Washington, D.C. for more than a month".

Kavanaugh's confirmation vote is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"I believe he's a good man".

The Maine senator spoke with Republican Sen.

Trump has made appointing conservative judges a major plank of his presidency, and a year ago his nominee Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate. But a change of heart by some lawmakers in the final vote would mean his confirmation could still be derailed.

The other two nominations made with the president and Senate in different parties went more smoothly - George H.W. Bush's nomination of David H. Souter and Reagan's nomination of Anthony M. Kennedy, the man Kavanaugh has been nominated to replace.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) voted to advance the nomination to the Supreme Court.

A lone Democrat, Joe Manchin, voted in favour of advancing the process on Friday morning, but had not yet stated his position on the final vote.

Some Democratic lawmakers, who are poised to gain a number of congressional seats heading into the midterms, have floated the possibility of investigating Kavanaugh after he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Coons told reporters that Flake at that point had not indicated how he will vote on the nomination.

Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate, and with the two key senators choosing to vote in favour of Kavanaugh, the confirmation looked locked-in late on Friday.

"Fairness would dictate that the claims (by Ford) at least should meet a threshold of "more likely than not" as our standard", she said during her floor speech.

The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays and moving the chamber toward a climax of a fight that has captivated the country since summer. She carried a sign that said "Respect Female Existence or Expect Our Resistance".

"I think that holds a lesson with any senators looking to break ranks versus toeing the party line", Rudnick said.

Both Ford and Kavanugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committeee which was the last week.

A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of noisy anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators who gathered outside the Supreme Court and in Senate office buildings. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

With divisive cases on abortion rights, immigration, transgender rights and business regulation headed for the court, Kavanaugh likely would give conservatives the upper hand. 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.

"From the start of this process, I promised my constituents that I would look seriously at Judge Kavanaugh's record and cast my vote based on the facts I have before me and what is best for West Virginia".

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