Collins announces support for Kavanaugh, making chances of confirmation almost certain

While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty.

Collins noted that the Supreme Court confirmation process of Kavanaugh is akin to a "gutter-level political campaign" and a "dysfunctional circus" when it should be a "solemn occasion". She also said that while she believed Christine Blasey Ford was a victim of trauma, she cast doubt on Ford's story.

The makeup of the committee has been particularly relevant during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh's nomination process.

Murkowski told reporters: 'It just may be that in my view, he's not the right man for the court at this time. "Sit down and be quiet'".

"At the Senate hearings on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land", the letter reads. They said we need you. Protesters began swarming Capitol Hill, creating a tense, confrontational atmosphere that put Capitol Police on edge.

Lisa Murkowski said Friday that she will vote "present" on the Supreme Court appointment of Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon rather than "no".

Hours before the undecided senators indicated their backing, the US Senate narrowly advanced President Donald Trump's nominee to a final vote by voting to strictly limit debate on the issue.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

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On Friday, in the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling".

Banks said Ford was "upset by it".

After the vote, dozens also were arrested outside Republican Senator Jeff Flake's office. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

The moderate ME senator expressed her outrage at organizations that forcefully opposed Kavanaugh before even copy-and-pasting his name into their material and Democrats who announced their intention to end Kavanaugh's nomination before hearing a word of testimony.

And Trump told Kansas rallygoers that he will hold a ceremonial swearing-in for Kavanaugh at the White House Monday evening. She launched promptly into an attack on the forces arrayed against Kavanaugh, lamenting their hysterical behavior compared to the five other "solemn" Supreme Court confirmations in which she participated. Steve Daines, who supports the nominee but will be at his daughter's wedding in Montana.

"This allows the vote to occur with the same margin as would have occurred without the absence", Stewart added in in an email, which had the subject line "procedural nerd stuff".

It may be bad news for those who wish to see Kavanaugh confirmed despite numerous allegations of sexual assault in his past, however for Palin it could be to her advantage in the popularity vote. If there is a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would break it in favor of Kavanaugh.

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