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Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

08 October 2018

Despite the letter, the Senate voted 51-49 to move forward with Kavanaugh on Friday to a final vote on his confirmation.

That means Kavanaugh could be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of the weekend.

But the case against Mr Kavanaugh had long since been taken over by allegations that he sexually abused women decades ago - accusations he emphatically denies.

Jocelyn Sigue was one of a number of visitors who wrote a note about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Sen.

Police rounded the protesters up in a Senate office building after they sat down and refused to budge. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

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Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this terrible, disgusting attack by the Democrats". In the debate preceding the vote, senators sounded as though they were describing two different men.

Nadler said he did not know what impact the specter of an investigation would have on November's election, but he said he felt an obligation to proceed if Democrats take control of the House.

Joe Manchin was the only Democrat Senator to vote in favour of Kavanaugh's confirmation. Manchin released his statement declaring his support for Kavanaugh shortly after Collins finished her speech - and after Republicans had already secured enough votes to confirm the judge, meaning that Manchin would not be the deciding vote. Every voting Republican backed the 53-year-old conservative judge.

Ms Murkowski of Alaska, a state that also voted pro-Trump in 2016, has been undecided on Judge Kavanaugh throughout the hearings.

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Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions.

Only one Supreme Court justice, Samuel Chase, has been impeached.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man".

Two key Republican senators said they were satisfied with the FBI's background investigation report on October 4, and said it didn't corroborate the claims of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's fate was in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him.

Collins criticized Democrats and far-left activists for their behavior during the confirmation, saying that the process was reduced to a "gutter" affair and hit "rock bottom". But she is also under great pressure from Kavanaugh opponents in ME, where activists have been crowdfunding a hypothetical Democratic opponent for 2020 should she vote "yes".

In fact, the first of the accuser Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, and Kavanaugh made dramatic appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to present their case. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades. "We showed her all of the correspondence", Bank said.

"We have a hard time getting men on the committee", he said.

Mr Flake told reporters that unless "something big" changes, he will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice