Sen. Flake to Vote 'YES' on Kavanaugh 'Unless Something Big Changes'

Under the pairing arrangement, the senator in the duo who is present and voting - in this case Murkowski - announces that she or he has "a pair" with the senator not in attendance.

Joe Manchin was the only Democrat Senator to vote in favour of Kavanaugh's confirmation. She said she would vote to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward, which was met with screaming and accusations by protesters. Daines has said he will vote for Kavanaugh, but Saturday's planned floor vote conflicts with his daughter's wedding. It is also unclear how Sen. That investigation took two days, and ultimately Thomas was confirmed to the court. 'See?' they will say, 'you wanted an FBI investigation and you got one.

The result of the cloture vote has set up the ability for one more vote to be held, which is expected over the weekend, probably Saturday. The session was presided over by Pence.

Despite deciding against the nominee on Friday, she told reporters afterwards she has still not made up her mind on the confirmation vote, according to Reuters news agency. McConnell called Kavanaugh "among the very best our nation has to offer." Sen. The panel voted 11-10 along party lines to forward Kavanaugh to the full Senate.

Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact".

But this has truly been the most hard evaluation of a decision that I have ever had to make, and I've made some interesting ones in my career.

Senators voted 51-49 on a key procedural vote Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh, lining up Saturday's final confirmation vote.

"Thank you @SenatorCollins for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Sanders wrote. 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.

Still, she sent signals that Kavanaugh had cleared a hurdle by reassuring her that he believed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law. But I value and respect where my colleagues have come down from in their support for the judge, and I think we're at a place where we need to begin thinking about the credibility and integrity of our institutions.

Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.

"Just cast my vote for Judge Kavanaugh getting him one step closer onto #SCOTUS". He has a decent sized lead in the polls against the Republican, Patrick Morrisey.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said Murkowski will face political consequences for opposing Kavanaugh. "I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life", the senator said. "I think this will be very close and we'll have to find out later today when we vote".

Murkowski lost a primary battle in 2010 but was re-elected as a write-in candidate. Additionally, many noted that it is unlikely Collins prepared much of the speech after Ford went public with her claims, since much of it focused on Kavanaugh's judicial record instead of the allegations. Support from Collins and Manchin would give Kavanaugh at least 51 votes.

But he said he believes Kavanaugh will "determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

"I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court", he said.

"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort".

"Several of my friends who are undecided have not returned my calls in the last day and that typically is a way a senator tells you they're busy deciding", Coons said. Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination; it was to inform the nomination and she's done that.

  • Tracy Klein