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Senate votes 'yes' to advance Kavanaugh nomination but outcome remains unclear

06 October 2018

The months-long battle over Kavanaugh's nomination has gripped Washington, laying bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections.

"From the start of this process, I promised my constituents that I would look seriously at Judge Kavanaugh's record and cast my vote based on the facts I have before me and what is best for West Virginia".

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, is the only Republican who has indicated she will vote no.

"The four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred", she said. She said that though she "will be a no tomorrow", she will vote "present" out of respect for Sen.

Numerous demonstrators held signs reading "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker", recalling the #troublemaker hashtag used by President Donald Trump on Friday in reference to protesters who opposed Kavanaugh's nomination.

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Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence.

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him. Manchin is the sole Democrat who said he will vote to confirm.

Kavanaugh, who now sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and previously worked for the independent counsel's office during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, described opposition to his nomination as "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

Investigators did not interview Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, the research psychiatrist who alleged he attempted to rape her when the two were teenagers in the early 1980s.

Republicans swiftly declared that the FBI's report, which was shrouded in secrecy and accessed only by senators and a select group of staffers, absolved Kavanaugh of any wrongdoing. Murkowski had already announced her intention to vote "no".

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At the moment, Democrat campaigners are focused on the three senators they think may waiver when the final votes are cast - Sen. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen.

Even so, Democrats called for Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination. "I have been wrestling to really try to know what is fair and what is right, and the truth is, that none of this has been fair", she told reporters outside the Senate chamber.

Ahead of the vote, the Senate held its final debate.

Kavanaugh's presumptive victory became clear when Collins made a dramatic speech from the Senate floor mid-afternoon Friday announcing she plans to vote yes on Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was a step away from the apex bench as the ruling Republican party managed to gain the crucial backing of enough Senators needed to confirm his nomination.

Trump tweeted his support Kavanaugh and praised crowds gathered at the Capitol to support the nominee.

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Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh", Flake said in a statement. Kavanaugh noted he was "thoroughly vetted" by the ABA.

Senate votes 'yes' to advance Kavanaugh nomination but outcome remains unclear