A key procedural vote Friday morning passes with a simple majority and that starts the clock for a final confirmation vote on judge Brett Kavanaugh to happen by Saturday afternoon, October 6 at around 5 p.m. If three of those four vote for Kavanaugh, he is confirmed without Pence needing to jump in. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".
White House and Republican Senate leaders said the Federal Bureau of Investigation report revealed no evidence of wrongdoing, while Democrats said the White House tied the FBI's hands and the probe is not thorough. They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation initiate legal action.
And they said his record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.
"I think that the tenor and the content of the letter is not a radical statement", said Mary Davis, a United Kingdom law professor.
With Collins voting yes, Kavanaugh's confirmation is all but certain.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he never considered urging the White House to withdraw Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and called opposition to the judge a "great political gift" for Senate Republicans in next month's midterm elections.
They held signs reading "Kava Nope" and "Shame, Collins", the latter a reference to the announcement by Collins that she planned to vote in support of the controversial Kavanaugh. Jerry Nadler of NY, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said, referring to allegations that Kavanaugh committed perjury during his testimony.
Senators voted 51-49 on a key procedural vote Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh, lining up Saturday's final confirmation vote. Two other women later made differing accusations against the nominee.
"Thank you @SenatorCollins for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Sanders wrote.
President Donald Trump at a Kansas rally celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against his nominee.
Senator Jeff Flake, Republican, who's repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".
The result of today's vote makes it look likely Mr Kavanaugh will make it through, despite mass protests against him. Murphy believes that boys and men of all ages are now at risk of having their lives sabotaged by false accusations, adding that she thinks all conservatives are now being targeted because of their beliefs.
"If he was drinking as much as what they said, he could have done that and not remembered", she said.
He said he was not surprised by the support for Kavanaugh from either of the Arizona senators, who he believes made the right choice.
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