As expected, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday, with the tally being 50 for and 48 against. Quick math has the total votes at 98, which is due to Senator Lisa Murkowski voting "present" and Senator Steve Daines not voting because he was at his daughter's wedding.
On Friday, Senator LIsa Murkowski told the country she was going to vote "no," against Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Her main reason seeming to be that she found his Senate testimony about sexual assault allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford impropietous (aka borderline psychotic).
"The Code of Judicial Conduct Rule 1.2 requires that a judge ‘act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.’ And I go back and I look to that. It is pretty high, it is really high, that a judge shall act at all times—not just sometimes when you’re wearing your robe—in a manner that promotes public confidence. Public confidence. Where’s the public confidence?
“So it is high. And even in the face of the worst thing that could happen, a sexual assault allegation; even in the face of an overly and overtly political process, a politicized process; even when one side of this chamber is absolutely dead set on defeating his nomination, from the very get-go, before he was even named; even in these situations, the standard is that a judge must ‘act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.’"
Tonight I spoke on the Senate floor on my decision to oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court. See my full statement here: https://t.co/AkBmPIlBLG— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) October 6, 2018
The reason she voted "present" instead of "no" was to keep the margin of the vote, two more in favor than against, in tact, "pairing" with Senator Daines so he wouldn't have to leave his daughter's wedding.
Of course, the outcome wouldn't have changed if Murkowski had cast a "no" vote, but she would have been on record as against Kavanaugh. Apparently, she cared more about the historical integrity of the vote margin than her own historical legacy.
Trump, however, of course, took credit for being the reason Daines got to attend his daughter's wedding.
I have asked Steve Daines, our great Republican Senator from Montana, to attend his daughter Annie’s wedding rather than coming to today’s vote. Steve was ready to do whatever he had to, but we had the necessary number. To the Daines Family, congratulations-have a wonderful day!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2018
And then Trump called in to Judge Jeanine's show on Fox News to blast Murkowski.
“I’ve done so much for Alaska, I was shocked to see her vote. Absolutely shocked...I thought it was very frankly disgraceful."
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