Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

Dori's listeners weigh in on Kavanaugh confirmation

Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely. Joe Manchin, voted to move forward. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who won't be up for election for four years.

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Collins' dramatic decision, laid out in a almost 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Friday, pushed Republicans over the edge and became a turning point for Kavanaugh. Similarly, Flake suggested he would vote "yes" for Kavanaugh "unless something big changes".

"Republicans are saying: your voices just don't matter", Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is attending his daughter's wedding in Montana. And this is what she gave them in return.

Manchin, a red-state Democrat, earlier also voted yes to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a vote in the full Senate.

Unlike many of Collins' critics, King actually resides partially in the state the senator represents. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. That allegation resulted in a high-stakes Senate Judiciary hearing last week where both Ford and Kavanaugh testified.

Indeed, Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, indicated he would be open to investigating Kavanaugh after he's confirmed.

Mr Kavanaugh - President Donald Trump's pick for the prestigious role - has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the past week after he was accused of sexually assaulting a number of women.




A potential swing vote who had been regularly targeted by protesters in recent weeks, Flake's office was locked Friday and staff did not answer the door. Flake demanded the limited FBI investigation last week after being cornered in an elevator by screaming protesters moments before a Senate Judiciary Committee vote to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination.

For days, protesters had targeted the office of Sen. "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said.

Numerous defiant protesters said they felt powerless but swore next month's midterms would change that. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. They said we need you. "The fix was in from the very beginning". Instead, "It's turned our base on fire", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters. They also sought to paint him as a justice that would swing the court deeply to the right. Republicans have 51 seats in the Senate, which is enough to get Kavanaugh through, but not if more than one Senator vote against him.

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

Collins stressed that the confirmation process was not a trial and did not require proof beyond a reasonable doubt to disqualify Kavanaugh.

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.

Kavanaugh defended his behavior in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal late Thursday, in which he expressed some regret for his fiery attack on Democrats. "I had to deal with the facts I had in front of me", he said on CNN.

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