Kavanaugh poised to win confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon

Sen. Flake This is ripping our country apart

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who had been undecided.

Susan Collins, Maine Republican, raised over a million dollars within hours of her promising to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, briefly crashing the site hosting the campaign.

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.

The senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday around 9pm United Kingdom time. If the vote fails, it would deal a major blow to the nomination and throw the possibility of confirmation into serious doubt.

On Friday evening, Sen.

"I did not come to a decision on this until walking into the floor this morning".

The outcome of the vote, expected to be either Saturday afternoon or evening, is likely to be 50-48 as a result.

On Friday, announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made Saturday's confirmation vote an anticlimactic formality.

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Ford, a California psychology professor, accused Kavanaugh of holding her down, trying to disrobe her, and covering her mouth to keep her from screaming during a house party in high school. Mr Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

One closely-watched potential Democratic swing vote - Sen.

"Countless North Dakotans and others close to me have since reached out and told me their stories of being raped or sexually assaulted - and expressed the same anguish and fear".

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Collins said in remarks that stretched for more than 40 minutes but addressed the sexual-abuse allegations only near the end. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, but will be in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Flake said that while he would vote yes in the committee, he wanted the Senate to delay its floor vote so the Federal Bureau of Investigation could reopen its background check into Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was a step away from the apex bench as the ruling Republican party managed to gain the crucial backing of enough Senators needed to confirm his nomination. Well, given that a vote for cloture ≠ a vote for confirmation, we should all be wary of drawing too many conclusions.

This comes as Deborah Ramirez said on Saturday the senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale. If they don't, it will be delayed.

The vote would have been 51-49, but Murkowski, whose vote will be recorded as "no", agreed to vote "present" during the actual vote as a favor to Sen. "We're taking it a day at a time to see what happens".

Republican senator Chuck Grassley suggested on Friday that one of the reasons there aren't any Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee because they couldn't handle the workload.

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