Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani praised lawmakers who were initially seen as swing votes for backing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is expected to be confirmed Saturday.
The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday morning to stop the debate on Kavanaugh, paving the way for a final vote on Saturday. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have announced since that they are planning to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
“Senator Collins vote for Judge Kavanaugh was a vote crying out for a new political system based on fairness and civility,” Giuliani tweeted Saturday morning. “Also Senators Flake and Manchin restores basic American values to our important political decisions. Today they were heroes.”
Senator Collins vote for Judge Kavanaugh was a vote crying out for a new political system based on fairness and civility. Also Senators Flake and Manchin restores basic American values to our important political decisions. Today they were heroes.— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 6, 2018
Kavanaugh has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, including Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh forced himself onto her in the 1980s at a high school party, and Deborah Ramirez, who claims that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party when they were freshmen at Yale University. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.
The FBI conducted a supplementary background check into the allegations, but Democrats have been critical of the probe and have argued that not enough witnesses were interviewed. White House spokesman Raj Shah said during an interview with CNN on Thursday morning that the FBI had interviewed nine sources.
Although Collins confessed she found Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week to be “sincere, painful and compelling,” she announced Friday afternoon that she would support Kavanaugh.
“Certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I cannot abandon them,” Collins said.
“We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness,” she added.
Manchin said he had some reservations about the allegations, but ultimately said he believed Kavanaugh would be a “qualified jurist.”
“I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing,” Manchin said in a statement Friday. “And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed F.B.I. report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist.”