Backing from senators puts Kavanaugh on track for U.S

Backing from senators puts Kavanaugh on track for U.S

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) is one of the few remaining undecided votes on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. "Big day for America!" he tweeted. Chris Coons said Friday he's "disappointed" about the additional FBI investigation into the allegations, but insists the outcome is yet to be determined.

Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty ImagesBrett Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary committee over sexual assault allegations made against him. If either one of them votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Republicans are guaranteed at least a 50-50 tie, which would be settled in Kavanaugh's favor by Pence.

Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were among 302 people held for demonstrating against the nominee.

"At that time, I thought (Kavanaugh) had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said at a Florida event on Thursday.

That procedural move starts the clock for a final vote that could come as early as Saturday.

A final vote on the Republican nominee is planned for Saturday, with the result still in question as another Republican senator, Susan Collins, reserved her stance on final approval. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters on Thursday.

Following the hearing, Republican Senator Jeff Flake voted to move Kavanaugh through the Senate Judiciary Committee but said he would require a supplementary FBI investigation in order to vote to confirm him on the Senate floor. Deborah Ramirez, a second accuser who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two attended Yale University, voiced similar frustration.

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Potentially complicating matters for Republicans is that Sen. Grassley said the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded "there is no collaboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez". Kristin Fisher has the latest from Capitol Hill. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". Manchin's defection is easy to explain: he is up for re-election in a conservative state that Trump won by 42 points, so effectively he is a Democrat only in name; he has to toe the sentiments of his conservative constituents to have any hope of being re-elected. In the closely divided chamber, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican voting to stop the nomination, West Virginia's Joe Manchin the sole Democrat to keep it alive.

The titanic battle to fill in the vacant ninth seat on the apex court now tied 4-4 between conservative and liberal justices hewed closely along party lines in a Senate where Republicans hold a slender 51-49 majority- except for cross-voting by two lawmakers, one from each side.

The California Democrat said that the judge's behavior showed "a man filled with anger and aggression".

Manchin said in a written statement, "My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

Democrats maintained that Kavanaugh is an unsuitable candidate.

Kavanaugh's nomination was embroiled in a controversy that gripped the nation after multiple women made sexual assault allegations originating from his time in high school and college. 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. They said the process ignored many potential witnesses, including Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who first accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980's.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.