Sunday, 21 October, 2018


McConnell doesn't rule out confirming SCOTUS nominee in presidential election year

Bennie Garza | 08 October, 2018, 15:12

A final vote has been set for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The climactic 50-48 roll call was the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half.

The Kentucky senator then said that the tradition in the Senate since 1880 has been that a vacancy is not filled by a president in an election year - if the Senate is controlled by the opposing party.

"I would have voted no if I disbelieved Judge Kavanaugh, but given his denials and the lack of evidence that this happened I just did not think that it was fair to ruin the life of this distinguished judge and his family over allegations that can not be proven", she told CBS' Scott Pelley.

Hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas. In between, a line of Capitol police officers is standing with plastic handcuffs clipped to their belts.

Exhausted and embittered, the 100 members of the upper chamber of Congress acknowledge that their once-venerated institution plumbed new depths during the contentious fight that ended Saturday with Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. "In fact, Dr. Ford's best friend said in two separate interviews that she had no recollection of any night like that, and that she did not even know Brett Kavanaugh. She didn't stop", Trump said. He said the FBI had done seven background investigations and argued that, had there been an issue, it would have surfaced sooner. If I voted yes, the money would be given to my 2020 opponent. That's barring a last-minute change of mind.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records. In 1861, nominee Jeremiah Black was defeated by a vote of 26-25. Eleven Democrats voted for Thomas, while two Republicans opposed his confirmation.

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and. That's never happened in a Supreme Court confirmation.

Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn.

When the topic of POTUS's itchy Twitter fingers came up, she said, "I don't always agree [with] what he tweets and I tell him that".

The first lady is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. At one point in the hearing, Kavanaugh blamed a Clinton-revenge conspiracy for the accusations against him.

"We'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020", he said. He's emphatically denied the accusations.

Our country might be, how shall we say, fucked? .

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who cast a decisive vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court over the weekend, said in a TV interview that she does not believe he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh's confirmation also started the one month countdown to this year's midterm elections, and both Republicans and Democrats are hoping that the bruising fight over his nomination will continue to energize their base voters and translate into higher turnout.

And now, you can make sure you're registered to vote before screaming, and screaming, and screaming in to the abyss.

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