Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

Judge Kavanaugh denied the claim - and allegations that he drank to the point of memory loss at the time - in a feisty confrontation with senators. "When passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

The months-long battle over Kavanaugh's nomination has gripped Washington, laying bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections. "I don't believe the facts show it was Brett Kavanaugh", said Manchin.

President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for pushing Kavanaugh past a key procedural hurdle.

Murkowski said she would vote no on his confirmation.

In a signed declaration, he shared an account of two interactions he had with Ford in which she spoke about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault years before he was nominated to the Supreme Court. The Democrats used a filibuster to oppose the nomination and keep Gorsuch from receiving 60 votes required to advance.

Two Republican "no" votes could sink the nomination.

Vice President Mike Pence has planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely.

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His principal accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, said she was 100 percent sure he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. They were discussing Turner's sentencing when Ford revealed she was assaulted.

The lone holdout Senator, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has indicated that she might vote no.

One of them, Republican Susan Collins, was due to announce at 3:00pm local time on Friday which way she would go in the final vote.

'I took the very, very hard vote that I did, ' Murkowski told reporters after voting with Democrats on the 51-49 procedural vote. 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.

In retrospect the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh may turn out to be a great turning point in USA constitutional law as he consummates a hard-core conservative majority likely to break cherished precedents and set a new path on issues ranging from reproductive rights to health care and the environment.

"If you appear before congress and lie, you're out, and I really wish the senators felt that way", she said.

"On average, any woman in the United States Senate, whether they're on Judiciary or any other committee, probably works harder than the average man", he said.

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Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, also a key vote, voted "yes" to move forward, but Collins' fellow Republican, Sen.

"I'd come back after the wedding", he told CNN.

"I'll be proud to vote to advance this nomination tomorrow", McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday.

He called Sen. Susan Collins' (R-Maine) Friday floor speech describing Kavanaugh's accomplishments and Democrats' obstruction "outstanding".

West Virginia's Joe Manchin, the other undeclared Democrat, spent time looking at the report and said he would resume reading it on Friday.

"Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner's lenient sentence, stating that she particularly was bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.", Koegler said.

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