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Maine GOP Chairwoman: Susan Collins and Her Staff Bullied by Leftists

07 October 2018

Murkowski, the only Republican who voted against Kavanaugh in a procedural vote Friday, voted "present" as a collegial gesture for her Republican colleague Sen. "However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist".

"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man, I believe he is a good man", she said.

Nadler's comments are likely to be seized on by Republicans, who have accused Democrats of waging a campaign to discredit Kavanaugh at all costs.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, raising anxieties and underscoring the passions the nomination fight has aroused. But the 85-year-old Republican later walked back his remarks, saying the committee's workload made it less enticing to male and female senators alike: "We have a hard time getting men on the committee".

Flake said Friday that he would vote for Kavanaugh "unless something big changes".

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She testified that a drunken Mr Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said Ford's story hasn't been corroborated and people should be presumed innocent until proved guilty.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Most obviously, that Murkowski is nearly certainly a "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Lisa Murkowski, the lone Republican who voted against advancing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, has carved out a path as a fiercely independent senator known for bucking her party.

By holding back Ford's accusations until shortly before the Kavanaugh hearings, they engaged in party politics as well and, at least theoretically, prevented Republicans from withdrawing Kavanaugh early enough to field another candidate.

It's not a huge surprise that Manchin voted for Trump's nominee considering he's running for reelection in a state the president won by almost 42 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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Adding to the drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you", briefly interrupted the start of the final confirmation vote on Saturday afternoon. If the vote somehow becomes 50-50 on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie in favor of Kavanaugh.

US Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks to reporters after a cloture vote for the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, at the US Capitol, October 5, 2018, in Washington, DC.

The reaction has been swift, with former President George Bush and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders both tweeting their support for Collins. She may not have been able to stop the confirmation train, but she forced an issue out into the open that has been ignored for too long.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Collins went over all the arguments against Kavanaugh, including his judicial record and the allegations of sexual assault.

"The Supreme Court. was seen as above partisan politics and truly an institution that could be counted on to evaluate tough issues on the basis of the constitution and with a somewhat open mind", said Dr Pempel. "The times they are a'changin", she said.

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They will also visit the Royal Pavilion and then head back to West Sussex for another walkabout and meet-n-greet. In Chichester they spent half an hour walking up and down West Street shaking hands and speaking to well-wishers.

Kavanaugh responded Thursday night, on the eve of Friday's vote, with an extraordinary opinion article in The Wall Street Journal. They boldly proclaimed that they "believe survivors", despite the lack of corroborating evidence or eyewitness testimony. The FBI spoke to roughly 10 witnesses about the cases, but lawyers for both women said the FBI failed to follow obvious leads.

Maine GOP Chairwoman: Susan Collins and Her Staff Bullied by Leftists