Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Support by Collins and Manchin gives Kavanaugh at least 51 votes in the 100-member Senate for an election-season victory against the backdrop conflict of the #MeToo movement and staunch conservative support for Trump.

Yesterday both senators Flake and Collins said that the recent Federal Bureau of Investigation background report into Kavanaugh was "thorough" and did not corroborate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against the nominee. "Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination, it was to inform the nomination and she's done that".

Republicans hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Inside the Senate chamber Friday, lawmakers gathered to consider Brett Kavanaugh's controversial nomination to Supreme Court.

The Alaska senator was the only Republican Friday to vote against moving forward on Kavanaugh, calling it a "very, very difficult" decision.

US President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court appeared all but certain to win approval from the Senate after two key lawmakers endorsed him on Friday.

Senators will vote mid-morning on a procedural motion that, if successful, would pave the way for a final vote as early as Saturday.

In a speech leading up to the vote, Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

In the end, Collins and Murkowski diverged.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on the votes of some other key moderate senators including Sen.

Collins wasn't the only senator to announce a plan to vote yes in the full vote tomorrow.

The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said on Thursday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday, making him unavailable to cast his vote.

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The FBI was directed to look into "credible" allegations of sexual misconduct made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez against Kavanaugh. Republicans swiftly declared that the FBI's report, which was shrouded in secrecy and accessed only by senators and a select group of staffers, absolved Kavanaugh of any wrongdoing.

Confirmation would be a crowning achievement for Trump, his conservative base and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in testimony following Ford's, painting himself as the victim of a "political hit".

Both Ford and Kavanugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committeee which was the last week.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he "might have been too emotional at times" in his testimony. "I don't believe the facts show that it was Brett Kavanaugh, but I believe something happened", Manchin said.

On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

Another, Republican Lisa Murkowski, said she had not made up her mind on her final vote but suggested she might oppose Mr Kavanaugh. Susan Collins (R-ME) who will announce how she is voting at 3:00 pm Friday.

The political world was waiting for what Collins would say.

However, the Manchin, Collins and Flake coalition would be enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they actually follow through on how they are saying they are going to vote.

Democrats saw something very different in the report. It's hard to see how that happens in the next 24 hours when the FBI investigation is already wrapped up. They said the process ignored many potential witnesses, including Ford.

'I also think we're at a place where we need to be thinking again about the credibility and the integrity of our institutions, ' the Washington Post reported. "It matters. It is needed, and it is long overdue", she said.