Key Senators Undecided As Senate Poised To Vote On Kavanaugh

Senators had backed Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, in a procedural vote earlier on Friday that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision.

Moments after Collins finished talking, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, said he, too, would vote "yes" in the showdown confirmation roll call expected Saturday afternoon.

Among those interviewed were Mark Judge, PJ Smyth, and Leland Keyser, the three other teens that Christine Blasey Ford said were at a house party where she alleged that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Ford testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing that when she was 15, a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth after she screamed.

The National Council of Churches, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and over 1,000 law professors have publicly spoken out against his confirmation. "I will continue to stand up for them". Her opponent, Republican Representative Kevin Cramer, accused her of deciding to "vote with Chuck Schumer, and not the people of North Dakota". Joe Manchin, who caught colleagues off guard when he voted with Republicans to cut off debate on Kavanaugh. Lisa Murkowski, the lone Republican who voted against advancing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, has carved out a path as a fiercely independent senator known for bucking her party.

Murkowski voted no on the procedural vote; Flake, Collins and Manchin voted yes.

"He just didn't do it", said Kennedy, R-La., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has been a solid yes vote for Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process. She told reporters she would not announce her position until Friday. "Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she said the assault occurred".

Other vulnerable Senate Democrats such as Sens.

Democrats blasted the FBI in the aftermath of the report, with some even calling it a "cover-up" and saying the bureau's reputation is in tatters. Quite apart from the merits of Ford's allegations against him, Kavanaugh's display on Thursday-if I were a senator voting on confirmation-would preclude my support.

"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man". Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that she opposes Kavanaugh because of his temperament. "It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation".

Democrats also objected to a statement by committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct". They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation initiate legal action.

The vote occurred amid smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

Vice President Mike Pence, who could have broken a 50-50 tie, watched the vote from the White House.

Most obviously, that Murkowski is nearly certainly a "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation. The nine-member court is now operating with eight justices.

Louisiana's other U.S. Sen.

"His performance in the hearings changed my mind", said Stevens, a lifelong Republican.

  • Leroy Wright