Joe Manchin, a Democrat, to Vote Yes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

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Collins noted that the Supreme Court confirmation process of Kavanaugh is akin to a "gutter-level political campaign" and a "dysfunctional circus" when it should be a "solemn occasion". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who won't be up for election for four years.

News of Collins's key vote was a strong blow to opponents of the controversial Kavanaugh, including sexual assault victims and their allies who view his impending nomination as a referendum on the #MeToo movement and its limits.

Complicating matters, the office of Republican Steve Daines said he was planning to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday.

The vote gave Trump his second appointee to the court, pleasing conservative voters who might have revolted against GOP leaders had Kavanaugh's nomination flopped. Collins did not find Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh to meet even this standard. The accusations eventually led to President Trump ordering an FBI investigation.

The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday for cloture, cutting off further debate.

Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice. Mr Flake told reporters that unless "something big" changes, he will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

A vote on confirmation could happen as early as Saturday.

For days, protesters had targeted the office of Sen.

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The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

Two key Republican senators said they were satisfied with the FBI's background investigation report on October 4, and said it didn't corroborate the claims of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct. McConnell said a vote for Kavanaugh showed that the Senate was "a chamber in which the politics of intimidation and personal destruction do not win the day".

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice raised her hand when President Obama's former communications director asked which Dem would be willing to challenge Sen.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearings". Flake, Manchin and Collins voting as they said Friday they will would keep the nomination from going to a vice presidential tie breaking situation.

Rice then added, "Many thanks for the encourgement".

Furthermore, she tore into allegations from Julie Swetnick - represented by Resistance TV lawyer Michael Avenatti - that Kavanaugh had drugged and facilitated the gang raping of several women. They were aired in an emotional hearing last week that featured a fiery, partisan response from Kavanaugh.

While Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and other Democrats in the Senate have criticized the FBI's investigation of Kavanaugh for being superficial and much too brief, Collins doesn't agree: she described the FBI's report as "very thorough".

The joke within the tweet would not have been lost on fans of Saturday Night Live - Tina Fey said the memorable line, "I can see Russian Federation from my house" in a 2008 episode of the comedy sketch show.

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