Senate remains in session all night before SCOTUS vote on Kavanaugh

Senate remains in session all night before SCOTUS vote on Kavanaugh

Senate remains in session all night before SCOTUS vote on Kavanaugh

'See?' they will say, 'you wanted an FBI investigation and you got one.

Kavanaugh's confirmation appeared to be a sure thing after Republican Sens.

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

Murkowski, who is still considered an undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, held private meetings with "dozens of Alaskan women" throughout the day on Thursday, according to MSNBC contributor Garrett Haake. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted to move to a confirmation vote.

She said in a statement released by her lawyers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to speak to witnesses who could corroborate her story and added that senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior.

Senate Republicans, except for Lisa Murkowski, have stood by him in a move that could resonate, particularly with women voters, in the November 6 elections to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary.

In a signed declaration, he shared an account of two interactions he had with Ford in which she spoke about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault years before he was nominated to the Supreme Court.

Mr Kavanaugh's nomination was left teetering on the edge after university psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in harrowing testimony last week that he tried to rape her when they were high school students.

Ford privately shared her story with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CBS News that he expected the vote to take place between 4 and 5 p.m. He said, "I believe he will rule in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution".

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins of Maine said Friday in a Senate floor speech.

On Friday by a razor-thin margin, the Senate voted mostly down party lines in a 51-49 vote to move forward with a final confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, a move that sparked protests on the steps of the Capitol and across the nation.

Protesters opposed to the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court flocked to Washington on Saturday, and protests were scheduled as well in other cities across the country.

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". Susan Collins, who sits next to Murkowski, leaned over and put her hand on the arm of Murkowski's chair.

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