Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

Brett Kavanaugh: Supreme Court nominee's fate hangs in the balance as senators prepare to vote

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"I'll be proud to vote to advance this nomination tomorrow", McConnell said on the Senate floor on Thursday. One lawmaker, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) broke with her party, saying Kavanaugh was a good man but "not the right man for the court at this time".

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

With the political world holding its breath, Collins spoke of a lack of "corroborating evidence" to back up Ford's claims that Kavanaugh was the man who assaulted her more than three decades ago.

The US Senate on Friday narrowly approved moving to a final vote on President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court amid continuing controversy over sexual abuse allegations against him.

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".

In a speech lasting more than 40 minutes, Collins said she believed Kavanaugh was well qualified and she can not abandon the "presumption of innocence" over the sexual assault allegations against the nominee.

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"I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins told lawmakers in a speech from the floor of the chamber.

Kavanaugh's expected two-vote victory in itself underscored how unusually divisive his nomination fight has been.

"Your swing vote could decide whether a rubber stamp for Trump's anti-healthcare, anti-woman, anti-labor agenda gets confirmed to the Supreme Court-costing millions of Americans their healthcare, their right to choose, and their lives", the page reads.

Mr Manchin says he has reservations because of the sexual misconduct accusations against Mr Kavanaugh and the judge's temperament in denying them.

His confirmation would also allow Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the November 6 congressional elections bragging that he has kept his 2016 promise to mold a more conservative American judiciary. Joe Manchin, who had been undecided.

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.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 4, 2018.

But her lawyers say the investigation was insufficient.

If Democrats flip the House in November, which, according to polling, looks quite likely, some have indicated they will support an investigation into Kavanaugh and could draft articles of impeachment. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

"Based on all the information I have available to me".

Senator Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

She has been noticeably warm toward Kavanaugh since Trump nominated him in mid-July, despite her promise that she would not consider a nominee who is hostile to Roe. Murkowski had already announced her intention to vote "no".

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Maine Republican Sen Collins announced her decision today in a Senate speech that was disrupted by protesters before it even began and met with applause when it ended.

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