Joe Manchin, a Democrat, to Vote Yes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

Lamar Ellis
October 8, 2018

With the political world holding its breath, Collins spoke of a lack of "corroborating evidence" to back up Ford's claims that Kavanaugh was the man who assaulted her more than three decades ago.

For Kavanaugh to be defeated, two senators who voted to end debate on his nomination, effectively allowing it to proceed, would ultimately have to vote against him.

Murkowski especially expressed her distaste for the way Kavanaugh conducted himself in a hearing last Thursday as he defended himself against allegations from Christine Blasey Ford.

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs.

In a viral video, Collins was accosted by protesters this week on Capitol Hill. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh prepares to be confirmed to the nation's highest court in a final Senate vote on Saturday, Democrats have already begun considering the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct.

Jeff Flake indicated Friday that he expects to vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now likely to be confirmed by a one-vote margin Saturday.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

The Kavanaugh vote may be a pivotal moment in the November 6 midterm elections, where control of Congress is up for grabs.

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Flake joins fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who won't be up for election for four years.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records.

The moderate ME senator expressed her outrage at organizations that forcefully opposed Kavanaugh before even copy-and-pasting his name into their material and Democrats who announced their intention to end Kavanaugh's nomination before hearing a word of testimony. But she said his actions Friday - the closed office, a "yes" in a preliminary vote and his plan to vote yes Saturday - made it increasingly hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Collins' dramatic decision, laid out in a almost 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, pushed Republicans over the edge and became a turning point for Kavanaugh.

On October 5, Joe Manchin was the lone Democrat to invoke cloture on Kavanaugh's nomination. He expressed empathy for sexual assault victims, but said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution".

More than 300 protestors - including the comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski - were arrested as they made desperate final appeals to senators as they arrived at the US Capitol in Washington.

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice raised her hand when President Obama's former communications director asked which Dem would be willing to challenge Sen.

"It's a lot of work - maybe they don't want to do it", Grassley told the Wall Street Journal, NBC News and other outlets, as he headed toward the Senate floor for a speech by Sen.

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