FEDERAL JUDGE EXPECTED TO BE CONFIRMED TO U.S. SUPREME COURT
by Sharon Rondeau
Kavanaugh received 51 Republican “yeas” and 48 “nays” on Friday, while Saturday’s vote is expected to be 50-48-1 in his favor. Prior to the vote on Friday morning, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reportedly called the White House to say that he would be voting “yea” on cloture as well as on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Manchin, who is running for reelection next month from a state where President Trump is popular, is the only Democrat who voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination.
On Saturday Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski’s vote will be recorded as “present,” and that of Montana Republican Steve Daines, who has plans to attend his daughter’s wedding, will be recorded as “absent” in what is termed a “pairing” of their votes.
At the point when Kavanaugh’s confirmation was nearly assured in mid-September following four days of grueling confirmation hearings, he was accused by one, then two more, women of sexual assault and misconduct, which he vehemently denied. Testimony by the first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, on September 27 to the Senate Judiciary Committee was unsuccessful in convincing Republicans that if the alleged incident in fact occurred, Kavanaugh was the perpetrator.
Kavanaugh has served for the last 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, having been confirmed in 2006 after a 2003 nomination by George W. Bush. Some of those who voted affirmatively then are voting “no” on Saturday.
The final vote will take place at approximately 5:00 p.m., Fox News reported Friday.