GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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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. "We believe survivors", they yelled.

In another development, more than 2,400 law professors had signed on a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, saying Kavanaugh lacks judicial temperament and thus is disqualified from sitting on the nation's highest court, according to a report of The Washington Post. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced during a lengthy speech on Friday that she would be voting for Trump's pick, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Among them were three of the chamber's moderate Republicans, Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat up for re-election in conservative West Virginia.

The vote is expected at about 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

"I believe Dr. Ford".

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him despite weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests.

"If Democrats regain power in either chamber of Congress, they must resolve to reopen the investigations that Republicans refused to conduct and demand the documents that the Trump White House worked to hide".

Several recent polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind Democrats, jumped after a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

"This is what I have been wrestling with, and so I made the - took the very hard vote that I did", Murkowski said shortly after the Senate voted 51-49 to end debate and set up a final vote on Kavanaugh on Saturday.

She later clarified she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed in Senator Collins's vote for Kavanaugh".

Arrestaron a Emily Ratajkowski en una manifestación en Washington
El presidente Donald Trump reaccionó en Twitter a la votación en el Senado diciendo: "Muy orgulloso de la votación en el Senado". En el bando demócrata , el legislador de Virginia Occidental Joe Manchin no confirmó todavía el sentido de su voto.

Collins and Murkowski are the only GOP senators who support abortion rights, a crucial issue in the Kavanaugh debate.

Trump weighed in Saturday morning on behalf of the man he nominated in July and who as justice would tilt the court rightward, possibly for decades. Kavanaugh, in his own testimony, denied the allegation and argued that partisans were waging a smear campaign against him.

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

In Friday morning's procedural votes, all Democrats but Manchin stood firm against elevating Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him. Steve Daines, who would have backed Mr Kavanaugh, will be at his daughter's wedding. He served as a clerk to Kennedy in the early 1990s alongside Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated for the Supreme Court previous year.

Murkowski also rendered her decision Friday in dramatic fashion.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona also said on MSNBC on Friday he would vote yes on Kavanaugh's final confirmation barring no late breaking developments.

A liberal group which raises money for Democratic candidates, Priorities USA, immediately said it would not be giving any funds to his re-election campaign. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

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