Republicans have said that a week-long investigation, summed up in the FBI dossier, had turned up nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations against the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who now sits on a federal court in Washington.
That omission drew more scrutiny during the second round of hearings for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, during which committee Republicans hired a female prosecutor from Arizona to question Christine Blasey Ford about her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.
Senate Republicans projected optimism on Thursday after reviewing the results of an FBI investigation into allegations against the nominee that they say indicate there is no corroboration for accusations he has faced.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who'd wavered for weeks, voted to move the nomination forward and said he'd vote the same way on confirmation "unless something big changes".
While Collins acknowledged that Blasey Ford's testimony was honest, painful and compelling, and that the accuser is a sexual assault survivor, she added that "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court". - Murkowski on October 5, 2018, voted against advancing the nomination of Kavanaugh, leaving the Supreme court pick's confirmation hanging by a thread.
At the end of a almost 45-minute speech, when Collins said she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, McConnell led a standing ovation. It is also unclear how Sen. For the procedural vote, Flake, Collins, and Manchin voted yes, while Murkowski voted no Friday morning.
Putting Kavanaugh on the court would give Republicans a victory just weeks before the November 6 election, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and are making a longer shot bid for a Senate majority. Democrat Joe Manchin voted for cloture, which meant that Vice President Pence did not have to be brought in to break a tie.
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at near sunset in Washington Thursday Oct. 4 2018. ASSOCIATED PRESS
The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote on Saturday appeared to increase after two Republicans whose backing will be essential gave a positive account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. But Collins also spent much of her remarks discussing issues other than the allegations made by three women, including the nominee's views on the use of the precedent set forth by past Supreme Court cases such as Roe v. Wade.
'It's a lot of work - maybe they don't want to do it, ' he said to the Wall Street Journal. In 2010, she won re-election in a historic victory as a write-in candidate, defeating a Tea Party candidate who had won the Republican primary with support from then-Gov. "Deborah Ramirez's lawyer said he was unaware of any corroborating witnesses who were interviewed".
Two other undecided Republicans, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, both considered moderate, went with the party, giving it a 51-49 victory to advance the matter to a final vote on Saturday. His fiery response stoked concern and doubt about whether Kavanaugh had the non-partisan temperament required to sit on the nation's highest court.
The uncertainty lingered one day after the FBI completed an investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, the results of which fell firmly along party lines. "I hope we can say no to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is the fourth undecided senator.
Most Democrats opposed Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh from the outset.
Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Kavanaugh could still win confirmation if Murkowski is the only Republican to oppose him.