Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

Vote set for Kavanaugh confirmation

Vote set for Kavanaugh confirmation

A final vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is expected as early as 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Jeff Flake were "paid professionals" funded by billionaire George Soros.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks in Friday's cloture vote.

Ford's lawyers have prodded the FBI to interview their client for its supplemental background investigation on Kavanaugh. But she said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

"I think that the MS speech had a great impact, yes - I think it was a very important thing", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a political rally in Topeka, Kansas.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27. "It's just not worth it".

One woman's elevator encounter with Arizona Republican Sen.

"You know what, we just completed an fantastic trip, I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear, and that's very important, what I do, what we're doing with USAID, what I'm doing with my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", she said.

Their announcements brought the number of senators supporting Kavanaugh to 51 in the 100-member chamber.

Without a shift in those who have already announced their votes, Murkowski's vote of "present" will not affect the nomination outcome.




Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said, "The Senate has been an embarrassment".

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.

The first lady, who is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa and spoke to reporters while standing in front of the Great Sphinx in Egypt, said her trip was "incredible" and "unforgettable" and that she hopes it sends a message that the United States cares about the welfare of other countries.

On the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that "nothing could get Democrats to consider this nominee with an open mind".

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks.

Koegler identified himself as a close friend of Ford and her husband, saying he has known them for more than five years and had coached their son's baseball team. "He's a good man, he's clearly a learned judge, but in my conscience, because that's how I have to vote at the end of the day, I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", she said.

In a procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans an initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

But his ascent to the Supreme Court was in serious doubt last week after research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a Washington area party in the early 1980s. "This is why women don't report sexual assaults", he said.

In the moment on Friday that made it 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".

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice.

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