Trump says he asked senator to go to his daughter's wedding during Kavanaugh vote

Trump says he asked senator to go to his daughter's wedding during Kavanaugh vote
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpReturn hope to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending 'Full Frontal' gives six-bedroom house to group that works with detained immigrants MORE said Saturday that he had asked Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesGOP lawmakers push Trump to take ‘any appropriate action’ to save Keystone XL Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Overnight Health Care: Senators urge vote on delaying health insurance tax | Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can back 'Medicare for all' bill | Latest Ebola outbreak becomes world's 2nd-worst MORE (R-Mont.) to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana this weekend after Republicans secured enough votes to allow him to miss the vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The president tweeted Saturday afternoon following Kavanaugh's successful confirmation that he advised Daines to skip the vote once Republicans learned that they had the necessary number of votes to prevail.


"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," Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after the vote took place.

"Steve was ready to do whatever he had to, but we had the necessary number. To the Daines Family, congratulations-have a wonderful day!" he added.

Kavanaugh's nomination passed the full Senate on Saturday by a vote of 50-48, with the lone Republican in opposition, Alaska Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhen is a deal not a deal? When there’s a wildlife refuge to be exploited House funding bill scraps Arctic icebreaker program Senate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips MORE (R), voting "present" to honor her colleague Daines's support of the nominee.

"I do this because a friend, a colleague of ours is in Montana this evening and ... he's going to be walking his daughter down the aisle and he won't be present to vote," Murkowski said Friday night in explaining how she would vote.

"I have extended this as a courtesy to my friend. It will not change the outcome of the vote." 

Daines was the only senator to skip the final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, which followed months of bitter partisan fighting in the Senate and weeks of controversy over allegations of sexual assault against the nominee.

The judge's confirmation process was fraught with controversy after three women came forward last month to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct shortly after his hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded.

After a weeklong FBI investigation into the claims, Democrats were unable to convince key swing-vote senators such as Maine's Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — No deal in sight as shutdown looms Bipartisan senators doubt ruling striking down ObamaCare GOP's Collins: Judge's ruling striking down ObamaCare 'will be overturned' MORE (R) to oppose the nomination.

Trump maintained support for his embattled nominee amid the accusations and subsequent FBI investigation, which Democrats criticized for being too narrow in scope.

"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!" the president tweeted Saturday after the vote passed.