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Kavanaugh gets the votes to survive Supreme Court fight

Kavanaugh gets the votes to survive Supreme Court fight”

The Republican senator from ME, one of four undecided senators who held Kavanaugh's fate in their hands, said she will support his confirmation on Saturday, all but ensuring that a deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women decades ago.

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin.

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.

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prepares to be confirmed to the nation's highest court in a final Senate vote on Saturday, Democrats have already begun considering the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

Decrying the Kavanaugh confirmation process as "dysfunctional", Collins noted that some of her colleagues had rushed to announce their opposition to his nomination.

"The allegations fail to meet the "more likely than not" standard", Collins said of the accusations against Kavanaugh.

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But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided. Senators including Collins have been swamped by reporters and protesters in the runup to the Kavanaugh confirmation votes .

Collins announced her decision in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, much of which was spent refuting Democratic criticism that Kavanaugh would overturn the Affordable Care Act or Roe v. Wade. A final vote is expected to happen on Saturday.

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.

Daines said on Thursday that GOP leaders may be forced to hold open the confirmation vote overnight as he returns to Washington from his home state of Montana where his daughter is being married Saturday.

The president's son, Donald Trump Jr., also tweeting tonight.

But he says in a statement he is casting his vote on "what is best for West Virginia".

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.

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In the Senate today, Maine Sen.

Senator Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

Murkowski sat solemnly during the roll call and whispered "No" when it was her turn to vote.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME joined with almost all of her GOP colleagues and Democratic Sen.

"I think we all have husbands and fathers and a lot of us have sons, and I think it is a troubling time for them", Murphy said. Voting for an end to the endless debate that defines the Senate is not the same thing as voting for Kavanaugh's final confirmation. And they said his record and fuming testimony at a now famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.

In a statement on his decision to vote for Kavanaugh, Manchin expressed "reservations" against supporting him given the serious nature of the allegations against him, but said that based on the "information" available, he feels the Supreme Court nominee is a "qualified jurist".

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



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