Kavanaugh confirmation seems likely ahead of Senate vote Saturday

'Very, very difficult vote': The wavering senators who will decide if Brett Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court

Kavanaugh nomination clears key Senate hurdle

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks. "But certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence, and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I can not abandon them", she said on the Senate floor.

Republican plans to confirm Kavanaugh could still be slightly complicated by the personal life of Montana Republican Sen.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seemed assured to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Even before the sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants.

According to Capitol Police, 78 people were arrested in Senate office buildings, 16 were arrested outside, six in the Senate gallery and one arrested in Dirksen building for demonstrating and possession of marijuana.

She made the remarks hours after Sen.

"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. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support.

It was also a victory for President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh, told reporters ahead of the Senate vote that Kavanaugh would be a "great justice of the Supreme Court".

On top if everything else, an old tweet from November 2017 has now come back to haunt Collins.

Collins voted to end debate on Kavanaugh's confirmation, paving the way for a final vote.

"The Supreme Court must never, never be viewed as a partisan institution", Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh observed at the start of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capital Hill in preparation for a 3-5 P.M. VOTE", the president wrote on Twitter. Kavanaugh is expected to to be confirmed by the Senate later Saturday. Kavanaugh vigorously denied the allegations.

Nearly a year had passed since Collins condemned Franken, and Friday she stood up and defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.

4, just over a month ago, but it feels like an eternity - before the country was convulsed by accusations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee, now on the brink of becoming the nation's 114th justice. Numerous protesters said they felt powerless but vowed that next month's midterms would change that.

Blasey became a household name and a new symbol of the #MeToo movement.

On Thursday night, Kavanaugh said in an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal that he might have been "too emotional" in the hearing, insisting he is "an independent, impartial judge". And they have questioned whether Kavanaugh was truthful in his testimony about a number of issues, including his drinking habits, before the Judiciary Committee.

Republicans hailed the Federal Bureau of Investigation results as favourable to Kavanaugh, saying that none of nine witnesses interviewed corroborated stories from two women, Blasey and Deborah Ramirez, whose accusations were investigated. The FBI spoke to roughly 10 witnesses about the cases, but lawyers for both women said the FBI failed to follow obvious leads.

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