Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh a federal appeals judge to the Supreme Court in July 2018

President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh a federal appeals judge to the Supreme Court in July 2018

The other seven justices now sitting on the Supreme Court received larger and more bipartisan support than Thomas and Kavanaugh.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen. Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate.

Kavanaugh's confirmation comes a little less than three weeks after Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s.

He also is seeking any records relating to communications with Debbie Ramirez and Julie Swetnick - two other women, who have made claims against Kavanaugh.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) also said Friday he will likely vote for Kavanaugh, which means the judge could get as many as 51 votes. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who opposed the nomination, voted present to balance out a fellow Republican who could not attend but wanted to vote "yes".

They chanted, "Vote them out! Vote them out!" and carried signs including, "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!" Collins has not announced how she will vote.

The Senate vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is certain to be close, even if the outcome is no longer suspenseful.

The confirmation allows Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the congressional elections saying that he has kept his 2016 promise to mould a more conservative American judiciary.

Hours before the expected roll call vote that would elevate the appeals court judge to the nation's highest court, Democrats are making clear their strong opposition.

Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

"I've never considered a president's party or identity" in confirming a Supreme Court justice, Collins said, adding that she confirmed President Obama's Supreme Court picks Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry. "And Senator Ernst?" he asked the reporter, referring to women Senators who all voted to support Kavanaugh. Every voting Republican backed the 53-year-old conservative judge.

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally".

Republicans can only lose a single GOP vote if all Democrats vote against the nomination. He laid out the legal framework supporting Clinton's impeachment for his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Demonstrators from Washington-area law schools march at the Capitol to protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, D.C., October 6, 2018.

Susan Collins of ME declared Friday she will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, all but ensuring that a deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court despite allegations that he sexually assaulted women decades ago. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky sat directly in front of Collins and pivoted his seat around to face her.

The investigation took place after Flake requested it following testimony from Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

Here's what she tells reporters traveling with her in Egypt: "I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court".

"We're very honored that he was able to withstand this awful, frightful attack by the Democrats".

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