Sens. Collins, Manchin to vote yes on Kavanaugh, likely securing his confirmation

US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

He barely survived a procedural test on Friday, when senators voted 51-49 to advance his nomination to a final vote, which is expected to occur around 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Saturday. In the debate preceding the vote, senators sounded as though they were describing two different men. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, chanting, "November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors". Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades. Kavanaugh, who now sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and previously worked for the independent counsel's office during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, described opposition to his nomination as "revenge on behalf of the Clintons". It was her first major solo trip overseas and a rare example of a time when she has answered questions by reporters on a variety of topics.

Flake was joined in his vote for cloture by every other Senate Republican except Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Activists protest at the U.S. Capitol before the vote for Brett Kavanaugh to become a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. "If people who are victims, if people who feel there is no fairness in our system of government, particularly within our courts, we've gone down a path that is not good and right for this country". At one point during the vote, fellow Republican Sen. There are only six Republican women in the Senate. It would also be a triumph for the GOP's conservative base and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen.

In the end, all but one Republican, Sen. But she is also under great pressure from Kavanaugh opponents in ME, where activists have been crowdfunding a hypothetical Democratic opponent for 2020 should she vote "yes".

Kavanaugh's success or failure hinges on a handful of key Senate voters, including West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who broke ranks to vote "yes" in Friday's vote and Maine Republican Susan Collins, who, in a 45-minute speech on the Senator floor, said she would vote "yes". Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

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Kavanaugh gives the conservatives their first reliable majority on the nine-person panel since the mid-20th century, and though Democrats could attempt to impeach the judge in the future, they will need two-thirds backing in Senate, something that is considered unlikely unless new firm allegations come to light.

Those legal arguments evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982 when both were teenagers.

Murkowski's vote, however, could always be offset by Manchin's if he votes to confirm the nominee.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on the chamber's floor before the vote. The move will not impact the overall outcome of the vote, but it will allow for the margin to be the same as it would have been if Daines had been there to participate and prevent a situation where Daines would have to fly back Saturday to cast a vote to ensure the result.

"The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard", she said.

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