Kavanaugh Confirmation Likely - Collins: Yes; Manchin: Yes; Flake: Probably

Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine talks to journalists following her speech Friday on the Senate floor where she announced she would support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In her speech she said she understood the many concerns expressed about this

WATCH LIVE: Senate votes Friday in first step to possible Kavanaugh confirmation

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs.

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh gathered on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

They chanted, "Vote them out!"

Trump also predicted that if the Alaska Republican runs again when she is up for reelection in 2022, she will lose the Republican primary, the newspaper reported. "He gave one of the bitterest, most partisan testimonies ever presented by a nominee", said Schumer of NY.

The US President said before he headed to Kansas to watch the vote: 'We're really looking forward to the vote. Susan Collins, another swing vote, for her yes vote. "The damage done today will be enduring-to the United States Supreme Court & to our country".

President Donald Trump said Saturday that Sen.

The tally among senators suggests the fight against Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination may be over but that hasn't stopped protesters from taking to the streets.

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside, left-wing opposition groups", Kavanaugh told the committee.

Vice President Mike Pence was in the chamber on Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

Kavanaugh, 53, who was confirmed to court on a 50-48 vote on October 6, is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement from the nation's highest court left the open seat on the bench Kavanaugh will fill.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process was marred by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, notably by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who gave tearful testimony before the Senate of how Kavanaugh had drunkenly held her down and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming at a high school party in 1982.

Three women, including Christine Blasey Ford, have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault or exposing himself in the early 1980s.

Following the claims, Kavanaugh said in a statement: 'I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories; and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and which Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary.

Moments after Collins pledged to back Kavanaugh, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support, leaving little doubt of a Republican victory.

He said Democrats' treatment of Kavanaugh has been "nothing short of monstrous".

On the contrary, McConnell said he was "excited" by how the Kavanaugh confirmation battle has "fired up" the Republican base.

The court says Kavanaugh took the oath required by the Constitution and another for judges that is part of federal law in the same room where the justices meet for their private conferences.

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