The Senate met for a procedural vote on Friday for the Supreme Court nominee, advancing the confirmation to a final vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh — and one key GOP swing vote senator went against her party voting “no.”
The Republican senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), thought Kavanaugh was a “good man,” but went against her own party to vote “no,” however, still ending the Friday vote of 51-49.
“[I] took the very, very difficult vote that I did. I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man. I believe he is a good man, it just may be that in my view he’s not the right man for the court at this time,” Murkowski said, The Hill reported.
Murkowski said she didn’t make her decision on the vote until she walked onto the Senate floor, not sure if the vote had come down to Kavanaugh’s qualifications or something “bigger than the nominee.”
“I believe we are dealing with issues right now that are bigger than a nominee and how we ensure that our institutions, not only the legislative branch but our judicial branch, continue to be respected. This is what I’ve been wrestling with.”
Even though the Senate Republicans came out on top advancing the nominee to a final vote, some people weren’t so happy with Murkowski’s decision.
Read Twitter reactions below:
.@lisamurkowski: you won’t see conservatives screaming, crying or protesting you in the streets, but you should know that today you failed.
You affirmed the stereotype of weak, emotional women.
You chose feelings over rational thoughts and in turn, condemned an innocent man.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 5, 2018
If Murkowski can't overlook her strong feelings of female in-group preference and realize that the facts overwhelmingly prove Judge Kavanaugh's innocence, then she doesn't deserve to serve in the Senate
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) October 5, 2018
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 5, 2018
.@lisamurkowski, a “no” vote on someone who faced completely unsubstantiated/uncorroborated allegations from 3 decades ago, where the FBI’s additional investigation found zero corroboration, sets a very dangerous precedent. It also empowers the worst in agenda-driven politicians.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) October 5, 2018
Murkowski is rewarding dems for what they did to Kavanaugh, Ford, Court Senate. Sanctioning future death of nominations by unsubstantiated denied allegations, FBI checks of HS, w/holding of info/evasion of process for political purposes. Disgusting @iwv https://t.co/hMraMP760f
— Heather R. Higgins (@TheHRH) October 5, 2018
If Murkowski’s concern is the fairness of our institutions she must vote to confirm a man who has faithfully served one institution, the federal judiciary, and been treated abysmally by another, the United States Senate
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) October 5, 2018
Friday’s vote comes a day after the FBI released a report on Kavanaugh to the White House then to the Senate for review — the report was kept in a room, where only two senators were allowed at once and were not allowed phones or notes.
The FBI investigated Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her at a gathering in high school in the early 1980’s.
The results — Republicans said there was no additional corroborating evidence, while Democrats said the investigation was limited and left out key witnesses.
The full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation is scheduled for as early as Saturday afternoon and there remains four key swing vote senators.