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Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh

Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh

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Sen. Susan Collins broke hearts Friday in Hollywood and elsewhere around the country with the announcement that she will vote for President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished affirming hers.

The final Senate vote is expected Saturday, but enough senators have committed to backing him after a tumultuous political battle inflamed by allegations by California professor Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

The Kavanaugh saga however also forced the GOP to come down on the opposite side of the #MeToo movement, that has forced society to give greater credence to women who make allegations about powerful men and is now a significant political force.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail.

Ms Murkowski described her decision to oppose Mr Kavanaugh as "agonising", and said that while she hopes he will be a "neutral arbiter" on the court, she "could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time".

McConnell, overseeing a razor-thin 51-49 GOP majority, said he became confident he had the votes only when the roll call happened Friday morning, when the Senate narrowly moved to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

Hundreds of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol steps Saturday afternoon to protest the looming vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a vulnerable Senate Democrat, voted yes on the motion to cloture and might signal that he might vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

'Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capitol Hill in preparation for a 3-5 P.M. VOTE, ' Trump declared.

Although she refused to admit whether she believed Ford's claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her, Melania said that she believed that Kavanaugh is "highly qualified" said she was 'glad Dr. Ford was heard'.

He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"You know what, we just completed an unbelievable trip, I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear, and that's very important, what I do, what we're doing with USAID, what I'm doing with my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", she said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders thanked Collins for "standing by your convictions and doing the right thing", while former president George HW Bush saluted her "political courage and class".

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is opposed, but says she will vote "present" as a courtesy to another Republican who will be absent for his daughter's wedding. Murkowski said she'd use an obscure procedure that lets one senator offset the absence of another without affecting the outcome.

"I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing".

In the hours before the vote, police arrested demonstrators who had broken through barriers around the Capitol and tried to climb the building's steps.

"On this vote the yeas are 51, the nos are 49".

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. "Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?"

"Therefore I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

Besides interviewing and talking to people who know Kavanaugh, Collins said she assembled a team of 19 attorneys to assist her in examining his judicial record.