A final vote is expected Saturday. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the charge. Collins said she would announce her decision on Kavanaugh's final confirmation vote later Friday. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law a year ago, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.
The Alaskan senator's vote was the latest example of the independent streak she forged since overcoming a Republican primary challenge in 2010 to win re-election as a rare write-in candidate.
A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators.
"The resistance that has existed since the day after the November 2016 election is centered right here on Capitol Hill", Sen.
It's all expected to conclude Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines.
The vote - 51-49 in favour - was a test of support for the nominee who has faced sexual assault allegations from several women. Flake's office, chanting "the system is corrupt, that's why we disrupt" and went to Manchin's office.
With Republicans controlling the chamber by a narrow 51-49, Collins' "yes" vote essentially assured a minimum of 50 votes for Kavanaugh.
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at near sunset in Washington Thursday Oct. 4 2018. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Collins, Flake, Murkowski and Manchin were the only lawmakers who didn't reveal until Friday how they would vote on moving the nomination ahead.
In an unprecedented turn of events, only one Federal Bureau of Investigation report was released to all Senators in a secured room for review. Afterward, she sat silently and stiffly against her seat, until she chatted with Sen. As the tally neared an end, she spoke with Collins, a friend. "But it just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time", she said Friday after the vote. A source familiar with the lobbying efforts to confirm Kavanaugh told Fox News that the White House believes it has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
If he is confirmed, Kavanaugh would arrive at the Supreme Court with political baggage at a time when justices could take up some of the nation's most polarizing issues. "And that is hard". Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against cutting off debate, while Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana. For instance, Ramirez's lawyer, William Pittard, said in a letter that investigators didn't interview more than 20 witnesses she offered to corroborate her allegation.
Vice President Mike Pence was ready to cast a tie-breaking vote if needed.
The reference to McCain was to that of the dramatic vote past year on repealing the Affordable Care Act, when the Arizona Republican provided the final "no" vote despite earlier voting to get to the measure.
The debate sparked smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor. She said that Kavanaugh was a "man filled with anger and aggression" at last week's Senate hearing. They both doubled-down on their attacks against Democrats for attempting to derail the entire confirmation process. John Thune, R-S.D., said Friday on Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime".
Collins said as soon as President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh on July 9, within moments "special interest groups raced to be the first to oppose him". They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation initiate legal action. He has denied her allegations, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct from two other women. He and his defenders asserted that his high school and college focus was on academics, sports and church. He angrily accused Democrats of a "search and destroy" mission, fueled by their hatred of Trump.
Transcript of Fox News interview with Brett Kavanaugh, wife
Mr Kavanaugh said Dr Ford's friend does not remember being at a party with him, nor has anyone corroborated the accuser's story . The interview comes a day after another woman went public with a new set of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
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