The Senate has voted 51-49 to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a full Senate vote amid feminist protests, heated smearing debates, and a judging media circus that has engulfed the nation for a month.
All eyes were initially on Sen. Susan Collins ahead of Saturday’s vote, though the Republican has since stated that she plans on voting in favor of Judge Kavanaugh. Soon afterwards, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) did the same, and gave Cavanaugh his blessing.
Furious protesters gathered outside Sen. Flake’s office, chanting “the system is corrupt, that’s why we disrupt” and went to Manchin’s office.
Friday’s vote was called by Republican leadership on Thursday, after senators from both sides of the aisle reviewed the FBI’s background investigation into Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
The background check found no corroborating evidence to Ford’s claims, but Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) complained that the probe was not thorough enough.
Kavanaugh called the allegations “an orchestrated political hit,” and Republican Senators slammed Democrats for using the allegations to stall and delay the confirmation process.
The resistance that has existed since the day after the November 2016 election is centered right here on Capitol Hill,”Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said and he hopes the nomination says no to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.
Democrats maintained that Kavanaugh is an unsuitable candidate, but the Democrats’ anti-Kavanaugh efforts seem to have united and galvanized Republican voters ahead of November’s midterm elections.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Political News 2018.