Senate paves way for Kavanaugh confirmation

Minutes after Collins' announced her support, Manchin announced his backing of the judge.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump can not afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote. He is heading to NY for a congressional fundraiser Friday but planned to be back in Washington for the final vote.

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines will attend his daughter's wedding Saturday, which makes getting enough votes harder for Republicans. But it wasn't clear at the time that she would be a "yes"' for the nominee.

In public testimony last week, Prof Christine Blasey Ford said she had been assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh when they were both teenagers in 1982. They're focused on the allegations against Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

"Even in these situations, the standard is that a judge must act at all times in manner that projects confidence", she said.

Flake was the Republican from Arizona who engineered the last-minute delay so the FBI could conduct its week-long supplemental background investigation into the Kavanaugh accusations by three women.

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

The 53-year-old is an American attorney and United States circuit judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

The dramatic conclusion: Collins is a Republican - and she, like almost every member of her party in the Senate, will approve Kavanaugh's appointment. Flake for a one week investigation into sexual assault allegation against the high court nominee. If two of the undecided Republican senators were to vote against Kavanaugh, but Manchin voted for him, that would also result in a tie and give the deciding vote to Vice President Mike Pence.

Annie Daines is set to marry Brad Moss in Montana Saturday, the same day of the final Kavanaugh vote now slated for about 5 p.m. Saturday in Washington D.C. Jeff Flake's office alternated between chants of "are we survivors", "shame", and "stop Kavanaugh", wearing shirts that said "Be a hero" and "Believe women".

"We have a hard time getting men on the committee".

"I did not come to a decision on this until walking into the floor this morning".

The suspense over whether Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court associate justice is likely to end this weekend, after Republican Sen.

Trump's reference to Soros, who has supported pro-democracy movements around the world and the US Democratic Party for years, appeared to aim at inciting more support and anger from the president's conservative Christian base.

Which leaves Collins and Manchin. He was the first Democrat to meet with Kavanaugh when the nominee was meeting with senators on Capitol Hill in July. He wrote: "A real profile in courage for lying liberal Joe Manchin".

  • Leroy Wright