Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

Key senators back Trump Supreme Court nominee

After weeks of political wrangling, the US Senate is set for a final vote on the confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said. But Collins's support is expected to give Kavanaugh enough votes to clear the Senate if the rest of the Republican caucus holds firm.

During the hearing where he defended himself against sexual misconduct allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and two other women, Kavanaugh denied the accusations and launched into a lengthy attack on Democrats.

With the political world holding its breath, Collins spoke of a lack of "corroborating evidence" to back up Ford's claims that Kavanaugh was the man who assaulted her more than three decades ago.

Daines, who has said he will vote "yes" to confirm Kavanaugh, was preparing to hop on a plane - offered by longtime family friend and colleague Rep. Greg Gianforte - after his daughter's vows to be able to fly back to Washington to cast a deciding vote if necessary.

Sen Collins says she does not believe the sexual assault allegations against Mr Kavanaugh rise to a level to "fairly prevent" him from serving on the court.

Daines told CNN GOP leaders "have literally not said how they will manage" his absence for the vote.

Senate Republicans projected optimism on Thursday after reviewing the results of an FBI investigation into allegations against the nominee that they say indicate there is no corroboration for accusations he has faced. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who had been undecided.

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The Senate voted 51-49 to approve Kavanaugh in the procedural cloture vote, with one Republican, Lisa Murkowski, opposing going forward while one Democrat, Joe Manchin, voted to move ahead.

"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!" the President tweeted, moments after the final tally became official.

"Even in these situations, the standard is that a judge must act at all times in manner that projects confidence", she said. Exactly one month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention. Voting for an end to the endless debate that defines the Senate is not the same thing as voting for Kavanaugh's final confirmation.

Dianne Feinstein of California, that committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic Judiciary panel hearing should "worry us all", citing "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee. Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court". And she has already infuriated Maine Republicans by crossing the aisle to protect Obamacare's individual mandate, never mind that she subsequently voted for a tax bill to which Republicans attached provisions repealing the mandate.

Collins said Kavanaugh assured her during a private meeting that Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established abortion rights, is settled law.

"This has truly been the most hard ... decision that I've ever had to make", she said.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

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