Brett Kavanaugh: Key senators back Trump's embattled Supreme Court pick

Brett Kavanaugh: Key senators back Trump's embattled Supreme Court pick

Brett Kavanaugh: Key senators back Trump's embattled Supreme Court pick

He angrily denied the accusations.

Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh an apparent formality after a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month. She later called the cloture vote "a mistake".

A final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected on Saturday afternoon.

Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh, but the confirmation will come down to perhaps one or two key votes. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced they, too, would support Kavanaugh. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted "No" on cloture this Friday only to follow it up with an announcement that she will vote "No" on the final vote.

Senate Republicans, except for Lisa Murkowski, have stood by him in a move that could resonate, particularly with women voters, in the November 6 elections to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives. Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed to the Supreme Court previous year after the Senate changed its rules so that a nominee could be confirmed to the high court with a simple majority.

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.

Despite her opposition to Kavanaugh, Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen.

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That vote is expected Saturday.

Collins on Friday announced she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court. Collins said Kavanaugh assured her during a private meeting that Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established abortion rights, is settled law.

"If I need to be in two places at once to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and to be the final vote to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he's offered me the use of his plane", Mr. Daines said.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday said Kavanaugh represents "a hard-right, conservative jurisprudence, far, far away from what average Americans believe".

"At the Senate hearings on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land", the letter reads. "I have been wrestling to-to really try to know what is fair and what is right and the truth is none of this has been fair", Murkowski said Friday, adding, "I believe we are dealing with issues that are bigger than a nominee". Jeff Flake said he could not support a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation until a supplemental background check was conducted.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and needed every vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Barack Obama, tweeted she would consider challenging Collins in 2020, saying she was deeply disappointed in Collins' vote.

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