George W. Bush made several calls reassuring Collins about Kavanaugh

Murkowski: Kavanaugh not 'right person for the court at this time'

Christine Blasey Ford's legal team has released a statement from her friend Keith Koegler, who provided an account that appears to corroborate Ford's testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not interview him.

"I believe his words and judicial philosophy are what every member of the Senate, Republican or Democrat, should require from their nominee". He's emphatically denied the accusations.

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"On this vote the yeas are 51, the nos are 49".

Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent.

He continued lashing out at Democrats when he rallied supporters in Topeka, telling them "radical Democrats" have become "an angry, left-wing mob" and "too risky and too extreme to govern". Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible, Oct. 6, 2018. Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

The justices themselves made a quiet show of solidarity.

Among current justices, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas in 1991 was the closest, with a vote of 52-48. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, raising anxieties and underscoring the passions the nomination fight has aroused.

Vice-President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely. A large reason Republicans voted for Trump was to put conservatives on the court. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination. That could lead Republican leaders to delay the final vote on Kavanugh until Sunday or next week.

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Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote. Still, failing to confirm Kavanaugh would have been a disaster for the Republicans and the party's victory may also energize conservatives.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.

Pirro started the segment by congratulating the president on Kavanaugh's swearing-in then asked about the accusations and whether any of those who came forward or promoted "falsehoods" should suffer "consequences".

Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure.

Ford's lawyers have prodded the FBI to interview their client for its supplemental background investigation on Kavanaugh. Democrats dismissed the truncated report as insufficient.

The source said that the White House believes Murkowski will ultimately be a "no", but Manchin, Collins and Flake will all vote "yes".

Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh an apparent formality after a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month. In 1881, Justice Stanley Matthews prevailed in a vote of 24-23.

"If there was even a scintilla of something wrong - he was a very big judge for many years on what they call the second highest court - that would have come out loud and clear", he said.

In a Senate speech that was disrupted by protesters before it began and met with applause from GOP senators when it ended, Collins declared, "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". The allegation threw his confirmation process into a tailspin for weeks, but it appears back on track now after a 51-49 vote to move past a key procedural step and three key senators saying they'll vote "yes" in the final confirmation vote Saturday. I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard, I'm glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh's nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors' gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah. Citing the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and "the virtual mob that assaulted us in the course of this process", McConnell said "they've managed to deliver the only thing that we had not been able to figure out how to do, which was to get our folks fired up". "We have a lot of work to do".

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