Senate votes to advance Kavanaugh nomination, setting up final vote for Saturday

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In a statement on his decision to vote for Kavanaugh, Manchin expressed "reservations" against supporting him given the serious nature of the allegations against him, but said that based on the "information" available, he feels the Supreme Court nominee is a "qualified jurist".

"This entire process was up to Collins", Amy Halstead, co-director of Maine People's Alliance said, according to Rolling Stone. Flake announced Friday morning that he would support Kavanaugh's confirmation, reiterating his statement of support the previous week.

The US Senate was expected to confirm conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice on Saturday, as protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol.

Republicans said the confidential document - which described interviews agents conducted with 10 witnesses - failed to find anyone who could corroborate allegations by his two chief accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

She later clarified she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed in Senator Collins's vote for Kavanaugh".

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination, giving him the necessary votes to clear the procedural hurdle to Saturday's final vote.

"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man, I believe he is a good man".

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes". "It's just not worth it".

Senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

But Republican senator Lisa Murkowski voted against moving the nomination forward.

In her announcement on October 13, 2017, in Rockport, she said she would stay in the US Senate because she wanted "to continue to play a key role".

Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president's "favorite for SCOTUS", he said.

He added his client was "trying to hold it together" after Saturday's vote but was "disgusted" by the barrage of attacks. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior.

On the Senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that "nothing could get Democrats to consider this nominee with an open mind".

The better measures of Kavanaugh, Kyl said, are the 300-plus opinions he has written while on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the praise from colleagues over the years.

Kavanaugh's confirmation leaves the Senate traumatized with Republicans and Democrats as estranged as at any time in recent memory, reflecting the cavernous divides in the country itself during a presidency that has ignited rare political passions.

Koegler identified himself as a close friend of Ford and her husband, saying he has known them for more than five years and had coached their son's baseball team. "It was very hurtful", she said. 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.

Republicans control the Senate by a meagre 51-49.

Yet Mr Kavanaugh's pathway to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ms Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

Ramirez was interviewed last week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding her allegations and a source familiar with the matter said she provided the agents with names of witnesses who she said could corroborate her account.

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Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. I TOLD YOU AT THE TIME THAT WAS IN CONFIDENCE!' the messages read.

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