Senate approves Kavanaugh nomination for final vote 51 to 49

Collins' yes on cloture hasn't necessarily damaged the hopes of protesters: Former Sen.

Now that Senate passed its cloture motion, the final vote on confirmation will sometime on Saturday. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

Friday's vote - called "cloture" - was a test of support for the embattled nominee who has faced sexual assault allegations from several women.

"Dr. Ford's goal here was never to impact the process to derail a nomination", attorney Lisa Banks said on All Things Considered.

A few dozen protesters on Friday had also gathered in the Hart Senate Office Building, where more than 300 protesters were arrested Thursday. "Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination, it was to inform the nomination and she's done that". Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) voted to advance the nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate voted to move to a final vote by a 51-49 vote Friday that included support from only one Democrat, Sen. A final vote is expected over the weekend. He noted, "Unless something big changes, I don't see what would".

Most obviously, that Murkowski is nearly certainly a "no" on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that she opposes Kavanaugh because of his temperament.

In the end, Collins and Murkowski diverged.

The Alaska Federation of Natives praised Murkowski's vote on Friday.

"Senator Collins will be well-funded [too], I can assure you", McConnell said.

Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, a group that opposes Trump's judicial nominees, said Kavanaugh would join the court "with a cloud over his head".

Senators had one day to review a confidential supplemental background check into Kavanaugh's behavior in the early- to mid-1980s when he was in high school and college.

If Manchin had voted no, would that have sunk Kavanaugh?

"What we know for sure is the Federal Bureau of Investigation report did not corroborate any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters about the document, which was sent to Congress overnight. But Democrats were still arguing that there had been too little effort made to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.

By the time the Senate Judiciary Committee held that hearing last week, Flake said in nationally televised remarks in the Senate that he and both people in the matter had received death threats.

"Believe me I struggled with it for a long time", Collins said after her speech.

"I feel pretty pessimistic about it, I guess, maybe that she only feels comfortable voting no because she knows he's actually going to pass", Johnson says of Murkowski. Kavanaugh deserves a presumption of innocence, Collins said, and allegations by Christine Blasey Ford and other women did not reach a threshold of certainty. The support of both Collins and Manchin means that Senate Republicans can proceed with the confirmation vote Saturday, despite the fact that Montana Senator Steve Daines will miss the vote to attend his daughter's wedding. In addition, Republican Senator Jeff Flake has also indicated he is a yes vote.

He called Sen. Susan Collins' (R-Maine) Friday floor speech describing Kavanaugh's accomplishments and Democrats' obstruction "outstanding". Key undecided senators spent hours Thursday in a secure briefing room pouring over the FBI's report on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Under pressure from wavering Republicans, GOP leaders agreed to an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that mesmerized the nation as Ford nervously recounted her story and said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker.

  • Rogelio Becker