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Ramirez says Senate 'looking the other way'

Ramirez says Senate 'looking the other way'

A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown on Saturday in a spellbinding battle that's seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump's effort to tip the court rightward for decades. "I don't believe the facts show it was Brett Kavanaugh", said Manchin.

The votes of the four senators are crucial because Republicans control the Senate by a razor-thin 51-49 margin and can afford only one defection.

President Donald Trump tweeted after the U.S. Senate voted 51-49 to push the nomination forward with a final vote on October 6.

About an hour after Collins' announcement, Jen Psaki, communication director at the Obama White House, asked in a tweet "who wants to run for Senate in ME? there will be an army of supporters with you".

While the vote was a victory for the GOP, lawmakers can vote differently on the climactic confirmation roll call, which seems likely Saturday afternoon. "But it just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time", she said. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

In a letter to the Senate, Koegler expressed concern over its decision to rush Kavanaugh's confirmation process without hearing from Ford's corroborating witnesses, including himself.

After Ford's testimony last week, Flake orchestrated a deal that delayed a vote on Kavanaugh to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation time to investigate her allegations and Kavanaugh's strident denials.

The roll call seemed destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side capping a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his nominee. "Democratic" Senator Joe Manchin voted in kind with Collins, but only after the Republican Senator had demonstrated a level of courage he refused to meet.

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Senators are expected to narrowly vote on mostly party lines to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, and Ms. Collins - a moderate Republican who has split from the rest of the party in the past - was the last member of the GOP to indicate how she will vote.

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Protesters occupy the Senate Hart building during a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Jenna Lowenstein, a Democratic digital strategist who worked for Hillary Clinton's campaign, also said she had enlisted 75 political staffers to help elect Collins's future challenger.

Republican Sen. Steve Daines has a scheduling conflict for Saturday - his daughter's wedding - but has said he will make it back to vote yes for Kavanaugh.

On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia "s seat". Joe Manchin, who is facing a strong challenge in the November midterms, has said he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Voting for an end to the endless debate that defines the Senate is not the same thing as voting for Kavanaugh's final confirmation. And there are real questions about whether Kavanaugh misled the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation testimony this year and in 2006, during the confirmation process for his seat on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. But he said he will because he considers Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution".

Murkowski and Manchin were two of the final holdouts on how they would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, along with Republican Sens.

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