"Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated", he said in September in a statement provided to CNN by his spokesperson, Freddy Ford.
Besides interviewing and talking to people who know Kavanaugh, Collins said she assembled a team of 19 attorneys to assist her in examining his judicial record.
Ms Murkowski of Alaska, a state that also voted pro-Trump in 2016, has been undecided on Judge Kavanaugh throughout the hearings.
Playing out in the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse of women, Kavanaugh's confirmation is being compared to the 1992 Supreme Court nomination fight over Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual misconduct by Anita Hill. They urged Senators not to confirm the nomination of Kavanaugh given sexual assault allegations against him.
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 - suggested he would nearly certainly be a "yes" on final confirmation. But Collins said witnesses Ford had identified who were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week and included in a report the agency gave lawmakers had failed to corroborate Ford's claims. That's barring a last-minute change of mind. He served as a clerk to Kennedy in the early 1990s alongside Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated for the Supreme Court a year ago. In 1881, Justice Stanley Matthews prevailed in a vote of 24-23. But Daines' vote will not be needed unless one Republican defects and Democrats stay unified against Kavanaugh.
Among current justices, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was the closest, with a vote of 52-48.
While the documents have not been made public, Republicans said they did not back up sexual assault allegations by Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. Impeachment requires a majority vote in the House, and a conviction requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate. A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a later date, the Supreme Court also said.
Melania (meh-LAH'-nee-ah) Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"The presumption of innocence and fairness do bear on my thinking and I can not abandon them", she added, calling Mr Kavanaugh "an exemplary public servant".
The first lady is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa. Collins added that she believed Ford had been assaulted and was still suffering from the effects of that assault.
"On this vote the yeas are 51, the nos are 49".
He went on to say the judge is stunningly well qualified to be on the court.
Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, caused a stir Friday afternoon when she tweeted "Me" when another former Obama official asked who could challenge Sen. I believe he is a good man. He's emphatically denied the accusations. Protesters marching arm in arm from the Supreme Court to Senate office buildings Thursday wore shirts that said "Believe women" while chanting "Hey hey!"
Another key Republican senator, Susan Collins, a moderate from ME, voted in favour of Judge Kavanaugh on Friday.
The Alaska senator was the only Republican Friday to vote against moving forward on Kavanaugh, calling it a "very, very difficult" decision.
Which, maybe! As I said above, nothing is official until the final confirmation vote happens on Saturday.
With Republicans controlling the chamber 51-49, one Republican voted to stop the nomination and one Democrat voted to send it further.
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