Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin all said they meant to back Kavanaugh, putting him on track for confirmation barring a last-minute development. "What she was trying to do was what she thought was the right thing to do as a citizen, which is to provide the information to the U.S. Senate so they could make the most informed decision possible".
Trump, who is in Africa to promote her children's welfare program, began her trip in Ghana, where she visited mothers and their newborns, and toured a former slave trading fort.
Senate Republican Susan Collins affirmed in a closely-watched floor speech that she will vote for the conservative jurist nominated by President Donald Trump, and moments later Democrat Joe Manchin broke ranks to announce his own backing.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., looks on before the arrival ofTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a Senate Appropriations Committee for Financial Services hearing on the proposed FY2019 budget in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2018.
A "corroborating witness" is a witness whose testimony supports or confirms the testimony already given, not an eyewitness.
Friday morning, Democratic Sen.
Pairing of votes in the Senate (sometimes called "live pairs") is a rare but Senate accepted custom between senators on opposing sides of an issue so their votes essentially offset each other.
A dramatic and draining showdown that held Washington in thrall for weeks finally moved toward resolution when Maine Sen. Collins has not announced how she will vote. Both nodded eagerly in agreement with the other.
In the end, Collins and Murkowski diverged.
The outcome had remained in doubt, however, after one Republican, Lisa Murkowski, defied her party and voted against moving ahead.
Gonzaga law professors Ann Murphy, Jane Korn and Mary Pat Treauthart said they found Kavanaugh's anger and response to senators' questions troubling.
Gillibrand says women who've experienced sexual trauma are "tired of the same old scenario where the men are believed and the women are not".
Senators had one day to review a confidential supplemental background check into Kavanaugh's behavior in the early- to mid-1980s when he was in high school and college. He has a decent sized lead in the polls against the Republican, Patrick Morrisey.
Even so, Collins said she hopes the ugly fight over Kavanaugh's confirmation will raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault. But she said his actions Friday - the closed office, a "yes" in a preliminary vote and his plan to vote yes Saturday - made it increasingly hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.
"We will see what happens tomorrow", said Murkowski. "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know".
While Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but imminent, protesters are still taking to the streets outside of the highest court in the USA and the Capitol Building, which can be viewed in the live stream above.
"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal. "I could not conclude that he is the right person at this time". "I had to deal with the facts I had in front of me", he said on CNN.
The White House defended Kavanaugh's demeanor during the hearings.
McConnell received the 51 votes needed to clear the procedural hurdle on Friday. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is a reportedly a yes on the nomination, barring a major development.
As a decision looms over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, protesters took to Capitol Hill Saturday urging Senators to vote against the nominee amid one of the most charged confirmation battle in years. Collins and Flake both said the investigation was thorough.
But Democrats, including ranking member Rep. But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided.
The FBI also apparently did not interview Kavanaugh.
On Friday morning, Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, repeated his contention that the investigation did not find any evidence for the allegations.