Flake ends weeks of wavering, is expected to vote to confirm Kavanaugh

Flake ends weeks of wavering, is expected to vote to confirm Kavanaugh

Flake ends weeks of wavering, is expected to vote to confirm Kavanaugh

After weeks of political wrangling, the US Senate is set for a final vote on the confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man". She said: "Thank you, Senator Collins, for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". (Republicans now have a 51 to 49 seat majority in the Senate, and they will likely keep control of the chamber in November).

After a bitter partisan fight that gripped the country, lawmakers backed Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision on whether to confirm him. The senator also had been among the holdout votes amid an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, whose nomination seemed in peril three weeks ago.

It's all expected to conclude Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., released a statement announcing that he too would support Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court, all but sealing the confirmation.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearings". She said that false news reports have also been spread through social media to discredit Kavanaugh, adding that "dark money" is being used to fund anti-Kavanaugh efforts, without elaborating.

Senate Republicans projected optimism on Thursday after reviewing the results of an FBI investigation into allegations against the nominee that they say indicate there is no corroboration for accusations he has faced. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

Here's how it boils down: When it comes time to actually vote, Republicans need two of these four swing Senators (Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Joe Manchin.) If they get two of those senators in any combination, it would tie, but Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie and everyone thinks Pence would push Kavanaugh through.

As the end of the vote neared, Maine Sen. After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Sen. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation. Her decision is in stark contrast to the one made earlier today by Sen. As I've said previously, my job is to assess the facts before us and the fact remains that no evidence exists to support the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh.

Immediately after that speech, Mr Manchin announced his support, calling Mr Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion. 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.

Murkowski acknowledged she agonized over her vote, telling reporters she didn't make up her mind until she walked into the Senate chamber.

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