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Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland meets with Sen. Tim Kaine in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

However, the Manchin, Collins and Flake coalition would be enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they actually follow through on how they are saying they are going to vote.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

They urged Senators not to confirm the nomination of Kavanaugh given sexual assault allegations against him. The remarkable and ugly set of twists and turns over the weeks all ended at the doorsteps of a handful of key senators.

Collins announced on the Senate floor this afternoon that she would vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, prompting angry Democrats to float names of candidates who might face the fourth-term incumbent.

A final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is set to be held Saturday, but moments after Collins spoke, Sen.

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018.

In the follow-up tweet, Rice said: "Many thanks for the encouragement". But she said his actions Friday - the closed office, a "yes" in a preliminary vote and his plan to vote yes Saturday - made it increasingly hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh.

If Democrats flip the House in November, which, according to polling, looks quite likely, some have indicated they will support an investigation into Kavanaugh and could draft articles of impeachment.

Still, Kagan noted the night before that Kennedy has been "a person who found the center" and "it's not so clear we'll have that" now.

Numerous defiant protesters said they felt powerless but swore next month's midterms would change that.

"So as much as I think she's exhausted of being in this position of being such a deciding vote on so many issues, here we are again awaiting her 3:00 p.m. announcement of which way she's going to go", he added. A large reason Republicans voted for President Donald Trump was to put conservatives on the court.

Both parties think the partisan fight will motivate their voters to get to the polls. But Senate Democrats are defending multiple seats in states Trump easily carried, making the Kavanaugh vote a potential liability.

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 frightful, awful attack by the Democrats".

Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will do the opposite, prompting infuriated women and liberals to oust Republicans. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes. "These people are loco".