Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

"Who wants to run for Senate in Maine?"

The drama over a heated confirmation that has transfixed and tore apart much of the nation essentially ended when one of those four, Republican Susan Collins, of ME, took to the Senate floor at roughly 3:45 p.m. EDT and announced her support of Kavanaugh.

"I think what Susan did today was rise to the occasion when the stakes were so high", said Sen. But Alaska GOP Sen. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) also said Friday he will likely vote for Kavanaugh, which means the judge could get as many as 51 votes.

One lone Republican, Sen.

If at least 50 senators vote to move forward with the nomination on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence can step in to break a tie, and the Senate can proceed to a final vote on Saturday. "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom." she said.

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The conservative majority will have a sweeping impact on American life, possibly for decades, on issues that are at the epicenter of the nation's poisoned political debate including LGBT rights, the limits on presidential power, campaign finance, abortion and the role of religion in society.

Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, which have sparked a fierce, highly partisan battle over his nomination in recent weeks.

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Those passions were on full display this week in a fight that could energize both parties' voters in elections for control of Congress just five weeks away. The pair was surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote.

"Have you heard any regrets from her about coming out the way she did?" "I admire her a lot", he said.

Collins told a rapt Senate that she does not believe that sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh rise to a level to "fairly prevent" him from serving on the high court. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Murkowski sat solemnly during the roll call and whispered "No" when it was her turn to vote.

"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.

After a stunning announcement from Senator Susan Collins (R-Mass.) Friday that she would vote in favor of confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a notorious figure from the Obama administration hinted that she might challenge her senate seat. "That should concern us all", said California Democrat Diane Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.

The remaining undecided Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin, said minutes after he will also support Mr Kavanaugh. "ME and America deserve better", she concluded. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation. A floor vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favour of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military.

Ford's lawyers said their client did not watch the vote unfold on television.

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