Melania Trump: 'Glad' both Kavanaugh and Ford were heard

Melania Trump: 'Glad' both Kavanaugh and Ford were heard

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice.

Their move meant that McConnell could forge the narrowest of majorities to clear Kavanaugh, despite the fact that another Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, opposed him.

Protesters flooded the capital in the days ahead of the vote, and clashed with Republican lawmakers in an effort to sway their votes, and initially appeared to have some success.

On Friday, announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made Saturday's confirmation vote an anticlimactic formality.

While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty. They also sought to paint him as a justice that would swing the court deeply to the right. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

Trump alleged Avenatti had made "false accusations about me" in the past and said he would love to see libel laws get tougher. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the 53-year-old Kavanaugh a victim of "an ugly left-wing smear campaign" and charged Democrats with character assassination.

When it came to Ford's allegations, she said the evidence did not preclude the notion that she had been assaulted at a party on the night in question or elsewhere.

"This nominee was interviewing for a job in front of the American people, and he was belligerent, evasive and aggressive", she said.

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he added.

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Another, comes with the mid term elections, which are just over a month away.

Some raised their fists as they were escorted down the steps. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

Collins, as well as Sens.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", the senator said on the Senate floor.

Democrats paraded to a almost empty Senate chamber overnight to lambast the nominee.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Three female GOP senators - Iowa's Jodi Ernst, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith - sat directly behind Collins as she spoke. Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression. Susan Collins said she'd vote yes on Kavanaugh, shifting the vote count in their favor.

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Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. "And that is hard".

"Nobody discussed that with me, and I never heard him saying those comments, and that was anonymous source and I will leave that at that", she said. That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie.

The vote to confirm Kavanaugh, when it comes, will reconcile a cause that has unified and electrified the conservative movement dating to its rebirth as a modern political force led by former President Ronald Reagan. Meanwhile a Senate debate ensues on the Senate floor.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said, "The Senate has been an embarrassment".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

"President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Bush said in a statement in July. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

"Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner's lenient sentence, stating that she particularly was bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.", Koegler wrote.

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Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

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