Anti-Kavanaugh protesters take to Capitol steps, arrests reported (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters take to Capitol steps, arrests reported (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Kerry Wise
October 10, 2018

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs, and U.S. Capitol Police officers began arresting some of them.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has faced heavy scrutiny during his nomination process, in part because of sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against him. "Great decision. I very much appreciate those 50 great votes and I think he's going to go down as a totally brilliant Supreme Court Justice for many years". As moderates who support abortion rights, their joint opposition could have been enough to sink Kavanaugh, whose nomination was thrust into uncertainty following sexual assault allegations. "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

Trump also said women, far from being outraged at Kavanaugh, "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh, outraged". She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

If Murkowski asked to be recorded the same way she voted Friday - a "no" - Republican senators would have to preside over the Senate to keep the chamber open late into Saturday night and potentially early Sunday to wait for Daines to fly from Montana to DC. She went on to say that the allegations "fail to meet the more likely than not standard".

Susan Collins - the last undecided GOP senator - said in a combative speech on Friday afternoon that she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, after concluding there was not sufficient corroboration for Ford's claims.

The vote to confirm Kavanaugh, when it comes, will reconcile a cause that has unified and electrified the conservative movement dating to its rebirth as a modern political force led by former President Ronald Reagan.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", she said.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, however, was filmed dismissively waving a woman away at the elevator and saying that he'd talk with her 'when you grow up'.

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Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

USA Today will be providing live coverage in the player above of the Senate floor for the votes and debate on the Kavanaugh nomination.

Murkowski said later she opposes Kavanaugh but will ask to be recorded as "present" during Saturday's confirmation vote to accommodate Republican Sen.

"I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid". By the end of the day, there was a slim, 51-49 vote tally in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life", Manchin said. Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

"I don't always agree with his tweets, and I tell him that and give him my honest opinion and honest advice", she said.

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said.