Published: Mon, October 08, 2018

Susan Rice will give 'consideration' to running against Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Rice will give 'consideration' to running against Sen. Susan Collins

Garland wasn't granted a hearing or a vote.

Collins serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been a critical swing vote while President Donald Trump has been in office.

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.

Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster, told The Journal that Christian conservatives will be happy with Trump for his Supreme Court picks, but he said the Democratic "enthusiasm in the midterms will go even higher if that's possible".

The narrow Republican majority in the Senate almost unanimously supported his appointment to become the country's 114th Supreme Court justice while all but one Democratic lawmaker opposed his nomination. 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".

Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanize Democrats at the polls. 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.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions.

A procedural vote Friday made Saturday's confirmation a foregone conclusion. But we will carry that anger into the election.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982.

Since then, the country watched agape as one electric moment after another gushed forth.


Trump weighed in Saturday morning on behalf of the man he nominated in July.

Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve.

Demonstrators shout as they protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court in Washington DC.

Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas. But she also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided.

"I found his performance to be disturbing", Heitkamp said on "60 Minutes". Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

Trump and the Republicans said the probe supported their contention that Ford's allegations were "uncorroborated", but Democrats - and Ford - said the investigation was inadequate.

On Saturday, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Kavanaugh by 50-48 votes, which was mostly on party lines.

"Very, very good", Trump said.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he's replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on - two conservatives and two liberals.

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