GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

US Senate poised to confirm Kavanaugh to SC

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, raising anxieties and underscoring the passions the nomination fight has aroused.

The first lady, who is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa and spoke to reporters while standing in front of the Great Sphinx in Egypt, said her trip was "incredible" and "unforgettable" and that she hopes it sends a message that the United States cares about the welfare of other countries.

The Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, (Retired) administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh in the Justices Conference Room, Supreme Court Building.

In a sense it would reflect a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

The final vote took place Saturday afternoon as the president was flying to Kansas aboard Air Force One, and he invited traveling reporters to his private office to watch the climactic roll call, which was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate galleries before Capitol Police removed them.

Murkowski said based on the statements of other senators that it appeared Kavanaugh would be voted through the nomination process but that she could not support that with her vote.

The Senate voting 51 to 49 to advance his nomination.

Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes.

"Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated", he said in September in a statement provided to CNN by his spokesperson, Freddy Ford.

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In the tense moments before the morning vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for whom a conservative Supreme Court majority would represent a career defining achievement, accused Democrats of trying to derail Kavanaugh's nomination with delaying tactics and obstruction - even though he is a possibly Washington's most accomplished master of the dark arts.

All of those seats are now held by republicans, but because of the controversy surrounding Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation, that could change. The tweet was a reference to an infamous "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Tina Fey, portraying Palin, said she could see Russian Federation from her house. Then she took her seat, looking down with a stone-faced expression. They said he'd push the court farther right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

All of Manchin's Democratic colleagues in the Senate are likely to vote no on Kavanaugh.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life", Manchin said. That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted.

The debate sparked smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

"The process that led to this vote today has been, in my view, a awful process, a gut-wrenching process, where good people have been needlessly hurt, where a woman who never sought the public spotlight was, I think, cruelly thrust into the brightest of spotlights", Murkowski said.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.

Kavanaugh repeatedly denied Ford's allegations and condemned Democrats for drilling down on his teenaged drinking and yearbook postings.

Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump.

"Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner's lenient sentence, stating that she particularly was bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.", Koegler wrote.

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