Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

Sunday, 07 Oct, 2018

Protesters rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, outside of the Supreme Court on Saturday.

In a statement, Ms. Kordestani called the outage "an unfortunate side effect of the tremendous surge in participation we've seen since Kavanaugh's nomination".

West Virginia's Joe Manchin is also planning to vote yes on Kavanaugh-the only Democrat to do so.

On Saturday, all Republican senators, with the exception of Sen.

The weeks-long drama over Mr Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, has gripped the country and could still take more twists.

Tensions are high at the Capitol, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing ahead with little room for error.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

McConnell - who was recently harassed by protesters at a Washington, D.C. airport - said it has been an unpleasant process, but it's been well worth it to get Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court and to "fire up" Republican voters. "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom", she said in her speech. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). But many Democrats challenged the findings, claiming the investigation was too limited in its scope.

Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Collins, a Republican from ME, said they believed Ford when she said she had been sexually assaulted but that they didn't think there was corroboration to prove it was Kavanaugh.

"I will move on that", Trump said Saturday when reporters asked her in Egypt whether she believed Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the allegations on September 27.

She did say that she found Ford's testimony "compelling", but that it wasn't enough to not vote for the judge.

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.

Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure. If they supported ending floor debate on the nomination, they're likely vote to yes on the nomination itself.

His nomination has been met with loud protests, both in Washington and in other cities across the United States. Around 100 of them were detained by the police.

The Democrats are still smarting from the previous Supreme Court appointment.

Trump's reference to Soros, who has supported the US Democratic Party for years, appeared aimed at inciting more support and anger from the president's conservative Christian base. The lone holdout Senator, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has indicated that she might vote no. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary. Steve Daines, who supports the nominee but will be at his daughter's wedding in Montana. But in the hours leading up to the vote, the outcome was uncertain.