Brett Kavanaugh a step closer to Supreme Court post

Brett Kavanaugh a step closer to Supreme Court post

Brett Kavanaugh a step closer to Supreme Court post

The short tweet - which came less than an hour after Collins, a Maine Republican, announced she would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - caught national and state Democrats by surprise.

A vote on confirmation could happen as early as Saturday.

Now that Kavanaugh has cleared the procedural vote, his confirmation, political observers believe would be easy, unless a major last-minute hiccup pops up.

The vote - 51-49 in favour - was a test of support for the nominee who has faced sexual assault allegations from several women. The panel voted 11-10 along party lines to forward Kavanaugh to the full Senate.

Some of them continued raising concerns that Mr Kavanaugh would push the court further to the right, including with possible sympathetic rulings for president Donald Trump, the man who nominated him.

He said if Democrats took power, he would expect the committee to immediately subpoena records from the White House and the FBI, which conducted an abbreviated supplemental background investigation into two of the misconduct claims.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 27, 2018.

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"I think what Susan did today was rise to the occasion when the stakes were so high", said Sen.

Collins and Murkowski are the only GOP senators who support abortion rights, a crucial issue in the Kavanaugh debate. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, were key undecided senators who were closely watched for how they would vote.

Collins told a rapt Senate that she does not believe that sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh rise to a level to "fairly prevent" him from serving on the high court.

Jon Kyl - who confirmed his support for Kavanaugh on Thursday - along with 48 other Republicans and one Democrat who have said they will vote to put Kavanaugh on the high court. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied all of the allegations, including at a hearing featuring testimony from him and Ford last week. If no senator changes his or her vote, Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the high court, which began its new term October 1.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

A spokeswoman for Murkowski could not immediately confirm that the senator will oppose Kavanaugh on the final vote expected Saturday, but indicated it appeared that way.

That means Kavanaugh could be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of the weekend. "The tactics have energized our base", he said, adding: "I want to thank the mob, because they've done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base". However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him. And this is what she gave them in return.

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