"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man". Lisa Murkowski voted against moving the nomination forward.
The votes of the four senators are crucial because Republicans control the Senate by a razor-thin 51-49 margin and can afford only one defection.
Protesters gathered outside the Capitol to protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even as his supporters in the Senate appeared to have locked up the votes for his confirmation Saturday. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, but will be in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.
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While the vote was a victory for the GOP, lawmakers can vote differently on the climactic confirmation roll call, which seems likely Saturday afternoon.
"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.
Judge Kavanaugh has faced sexual assault allegations from several women, most prominently from Prof Ford. She said she respected her colleagues' support for Kavanaugh, but added, "I also that think we're at a place where we need to think about the credibility and integrity of our institutions". Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), who also signaled that he would vote for the judge.
After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh 's Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation's highest court on Saturday.
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If confirmed, Kavanaugh would tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favour of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military. "I had to deal with the facts I had in front of me", he said on CNN. Democrats belittled the bureau's findings, saying agents constrained by the White House hadn't reached out to numerous other people with potentially important information.More news: China spying on Apple, Amazon and over 20 other companies
One of them, Republican Susan Collins, was due to announce at 3:00pm local time on Friday which way she would go in the final vote. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".
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.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME joined with almost all of her GOP colleagues and Democratic Sen.
Still, she sent signals that Kavanaugh had cleared a hurdle by reassuring her that he believed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law.
Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.
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