'November Is Coming': Hundreds Rally Against Kavanaugh at US Capitol

'November Is Coming': Hundreds Rally Against Kavanaugh at US Capitol

A sharply divided Senate - reflecting a deeply divided nation - voted nearly entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations. And she said numerous demonstrators, regardless of their opinions about the Supreme Court nominee, shared a common sentiment: They don't feel their voices are being heard.

Mr Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 during a historic roll call vote in the Senate chamber. Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary. He continued that "there was no new information or evidence provided in the report that would change my earlier decision to vote for Judge Kavanaugh".

Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes. But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is opposed, but says she will vote "present" as a courtesy to another Republican who will be absent for his daughter's wedding.

The rare procedural manoeuvre left Mr Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he would have had if Ms Murkowski and Mr Daines had both voted.

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups condemned the vote.

Roberts was appointed by Bush in 2005 and has been characterized as the most centrist conservative on the court. "Women will not forget this".

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Kavanaugh's nomination became an intense personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

All that changed during the second half of September, when accusers brought forth sordid and salacious accusations of a sexual nature, which had never come up during Kavanaugh's long service or the six FBI background investigations throughout his career. On Thursday, almost 300 protesters, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer, were detained by Capitol Police during a demonstration. "Big day for America!" he tweeted. "I believe Judge Kavanaugh will serve on the Supreme Court with distinction". Protesters began swarming Capitol Hill, creating a tense, confrontational atmosphere that put Capitol Police on edge. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

Approximately 1,000 protesters marched to the Capitol steps chanting "November is coming" and "we believe survivors".

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday.

"Any remaining belief I had that admirable Republicans still exist, is dying, exhaling its last breath", another added.

And "Shame! Shame! Shame!" emanated through the Senate just after Manchin's vote. Manchin is running for re-election in his traditionally Republican state. The investigation was granted by Republican leaders, and on October 5, Senators voted 51-49 to end the debate and go forward with the confirmation vote.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described it as the saddest moment. "Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. senators who are deliberately ignoring his behaviour", she said.

The confirmation marks a major victory for President Donald Trump, who will soon be able to take credit for appointing two conservative justices to the Supreme Court during his relatively brief time in office.

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