Kavanaugh confirmation all but sure after long, bitter fight

Republicans look to have enough votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Sen. Susan Collins said she would back him

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, the only Democrat to vote with Republicans to end debate, announced minutes after Collins' speech ended that he would also vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

On Thursday evening, a day before the Senate is set to vote on whether debate over his nomination will be curbed, Brett Kavanaugh's op-ed for the Wall Street Journal tried to convince America he's impartial, despite having a "sharp" tone last Thursday.

"The Senate is about to elevate a nominee who doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the confirmation vote, adding that the judge is an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanor".

"No one is above the law, not even a Supreme Court Justice", co-founder and president of Free Speech For People John Bonifaz said in a statement, as quoted by Newsweek.

Kavanaugh was also accused of sexual misconduct by Debbie Ramirez, a former Yale classmate, who said that he allegedly exposed himself to her, thrusting his penis in her face. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Protesters form a buffer around a Trump supporter as they demonstrate at the U.S. Capitol in the hours ahead of a scheduled U.S. Senate vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, U.S. October 6, 2018.

As she spoke, several hundred anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators chanted on the lawn between the Capitol and the Supreme Court. As I've said previously, my job is to assess the facts before us and the fact remains that no evidence exists to support the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. The vote came the day after a fascinating and horrifying testimonies by both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford before the committee.

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The final vote Saturday capped a bitter confirmation process that included a heated Capitol Hill hearing on the abuse allegations Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford leveled against him in September. "I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said. "I'm in awe of their courage, too", she said in a statement.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes. If a simple majority of the upper chamber votes in favor, the Senate will be able to advance to a final confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

"We saw a man filled with anger and aggression", Feinstein said.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered up some words of praise for protesters ahead of the vote.

But that evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982, when both were teenagers.

"I heard from a lot of protesters, as well as people who support my decision", Collins said. The disruptions continued periodically throughout the roll call. But she voted "present" out of respect for Sen.

Only a few senators' votes were in contention, including Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who announced Friday that he would be voting yes unless something substantial changed. She said she believes Ford's allegations could have been investigated "thoroughly" without her having to come forward publicly.

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