Brett Kavanaugh Senate Cloture Vote

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If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation.

Manchin, a red-state Democrat up for reelection next month, said in a statement shortly afterward that while he had reservations, he "found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted, "Shame!"

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally". Something happened to Dr. Ford.

At one point, Murkowski told reporters it was "the most hard evaluation of a decision that I've ever had to make". He denied those accusations, as well as Ford's, in angry testimony to a Senate committee.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

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His nomination advanced Friday afternoon by a razor-thin margin, 51-49, after the previously undecided Sens.

On Thursday, more than 300 people were arrested in Washington, DC during a protest inside a Senate building. With Republicans controlling the chamber 51-49, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House believes that the GOP has all the votes it needs to get their nominee through. That investigation took two days, and ultimately Thomas was confirmed to the court.

Republicans said the secret document _ which described interviews agents conducted with 10 witnesses _ failed to find anyone who could corroborate allegations by his two chief accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declared before the vote.

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With all senators now having announced their positions, Kavanaugh's vote likely will end up at 50-48-1 (50.5%), barring any unexpected last-minute changes of heart. Sen.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top USA court.

And, if he was willing to do it - and to be the only Democrat to vote for the nominee - what does that mean for him politically going forward? Like the Bar Association, the professors cited the judge's behavior at last week's testimony. It's just a lot of work whether you're a man or a woman, it doesn't matter, ' he said. In 2010, she won re-election in a historic victory as a write-in candidate, defeating a Tea Party candidate who had won the Republican primary with support from then-Gov.

Mr Trump mocked Dr Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence. Bill Cassidy, also a Republican, said he came to the same conclusion following a review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

Judge Kavanaugh has faced sexual assault allegations from several women, most prominently from Prof Ford.

More than 100 women flew from Alaska to Washington, D.C. with the ACLU this week to lobby Murkowski in person, demanding that she listen to sexual assault survivors and vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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