Alex Brandon/APAn activist is arrested by Capitol Hill Police officers after occupying the steps on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol as they protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.
And now, after the most partisan confirmation comments by a Supreme Court nominee in history, Kavanaugh is poised to win approval, if he does, by the narrowest and most partisan vote in modern history.
A final vote on whether Judge Kavanaugh will join the nine-member panel could take place as soon as Saturday.
Amid tighter-than-usual security, hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh assembled on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.
As demonstrators clapped in unison and chanted "November is coming" and "Vote them Out!"
Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Collins, a Republican from ME, said they believed Ford when she said she had been sexually assaulted but that they didn't think there was corroboration to prove it was Kavanaugh.
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"I'll be proud to vote to advance this nomination tomorrow", McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday. Murkowski had already announced her intention to vote "no".
Manchin is now ahead in his race against state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and would be loath to hand his GOP opponent such a major issue - that is so important to the state's conservative base - this close to an election.
Flake's "yes" vote - combined with his comments Thursday that the FBI's supplemental investigation had been thorough and provided no corroborating evidence of the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez - suggest he will nearly certainly be a "yes" on final confirmation. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of misconduct but did not provide witnesses or evidence.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in an op-ed Thursday that he "might have been too emotional" during last week's Senate hearing but that he was subject to "wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations".
"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".
"I do not consent", a woman could be heard screaming more than a minute after she was taken away.
Peters said she thought the senators' logic was a way to divert away from the main issue.
Kavanaugh's confirmation was all but sealed on Friday when he won the support of key Senate Republican Susan Collins and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin. The Republicans and Democrats both get 15 of those 30 hours to talk, debate etc...but at the end they have to vote.
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She did say that she found Ford's testimony "compelling", but that it wasn't enough to not vote for the judge.
Democratic Senator Edward Markey countered, saying Kavanaugh has been a "rubber stamp for a far right-wing agenda".
"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican. We heard belligerence. We heard evasiveness.
After his first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with her accusations, polls showed that Americans' opinions of Kavanaugh plummeted, and according to numerous polls, Kavanaugh has lost the most support from women and Democrats.
Collins, of ME, had faced fierce pressure from both sides of the aisle over the last several weeks as Kavanaugh's nomination moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There are 21 Senators on Judiciary committee.
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The man next then "took a swing at Brett", Ludington continued, and then they were "two guys fighting - that was all very quick". She has spoken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation , but Ford had reportedly not been contacted by the agency as of Monday.