Murkowski to vote no on Kavanaugh

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Collins' speech was immediately interrupted by protesters in the Senate gallery, who chanted "vote no", indicative of the vast pressure she faced to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would give conservatives a solid 5-4 majority in future legal battles on contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, industry regulation, presidential powers, and gay and transgender rights.

Kavanaugh, 53, appeared headed toward confirmation by the Senate to the high court until an allegation from Christine Blasey Ford surfaced and she went public with her story in a September 16 account in The Washington Post.

This comes on the heels of an emotional and tumultuous week on Capitol Hill. "Shame! Shame!" Manchin told reporters an FBI investigation, which did not find corroborating evidence of Ford's accusations, was thorough. "I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard; I'm glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard".

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

Kavanaugh denied Ford's allegation unequivocally, as well as others that were made.

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Joe Manchin were Friday the 50th and 51st senators to pledge their support to Kavanaugh in the 100-member Senate. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.

Murkowski and Manchin were two of the final holdouts on how they would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, along with Republican Sens.

"I've never considered a president's party or identity" in confirming a Supreme Court justice, Collins said, adding that she confirmed President Obama's Supreme Court picks Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The second time Koegler said Ford brought up the assault was in an email on June 29, 2018, two days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee vote to move Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate last week, Sen.

A final confirmation vote could come as soon as Saturday. White House officials have said Kavanaugh would be sworn in swiftly. Both parties are hoping the bitter struggle will energise their most loyal voters to stream to the polls in less than five weeks, when Republican control of the House and perhaps the Senate is in play.

Kavanaugh's expected two-vote victory in itself underscored how unusually divisive his nomination fight has been.

It was not clear that Kavanaugh would have the votes for confirmation until Collins said in a Senate floor speech that she would support his nomination. Several other undecided senators Republicans needed to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward said they felt the same way, forcing President Donald Trump to order an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe last Friday.

"What I can speak to is when victims of sexual assault and violence go to their Congress people - when they go to their senators and they ask for their information to be confidential, I think that that's a request that needs to be respected", Katz said.

A reporter with Alaska Public Media recently asked Murkowski if she had ever had her own #MeToo moment. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence. Senators stood up in their chairs and voted, some of them loudly.

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