Senators Collins, Manchin back Kavanaugh, paving way for confirmation

Senators Collins, Manchin back Kavanaugh, paving way for confirmation

Senators Collins, Manchin back Kavanaugh, paving way for confirmation

Support by Collins and Manchin gives Kavanaugh at least 51 votes in the 100-member Senate for an election-season victory against the backdrop conflict of the #MeToo movement and staunch conservative support for Trump.

Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as a justice to US Supreme Court on Saturday - hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, the court announced in a statement.

Senators confirmed his ascension to the nation's highest court by a vote of 50-48, nearly completely along party lines.

The U.S. Senate's decision today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a devastating blow to our democracy.

Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

In response to the accusation, Kavanaugh delivered angry and emotional prepared remarks, accusing Democrats of concocting a political "hit job".

Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled US Supreme Court nominee put forward by President Donald Trump, looked likely to win final Senate confirmation on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct allegations and attacks on his character and temperament.

The U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to NPR's request for the number of arrests.

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie.

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Moderate Republican Susan Collins of ME , who also has not announced how she will vote, said it "appears very thorough ". On Wednesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a limit on how long the Senate can debate before voting.

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Speaking on the Senate floor, Collins went over all the arguments against Kavanaugh, including his judicial record and the allegations of sexual assault. The vote came the day after a fascinating and horrifying testimonies by both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford before the committee.

Although some polls have shown increasing Republican enthusiasm ahead of the November midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, Kavanaugh's support among voters as a whole is historically low.

Capping a tense day on Friday, Collins of Maine declared on the Senate floor, "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". She told reporters Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time". Stevens further confirmed that he no longer believes Kavanaugh is qualified for the high bench.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated.

A final confirmation vote is expected Saturday afternoon.

- Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 6, 2018To survivors in CT & around the nation: I know this day is especially painful for you, but please know that we stand with you. Jeff Flake also added his name to the now-majority.

Protesters in the Senate gallery also interrupted the vote and were removed. Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a social gathering during their high school years in the early 1980's.

President Trump used the fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to rile up his supporters at a rally in Minnesota on Thursday night, drawing chants of "we want Kavanaugh" from the crowd. "If he were present and voting, he would have voted aye", Murkowski said during the roll call vote. Steve Daines of Montana will not be in attendance if there is a Saturday vote because he will be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

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