Brett Kavanaugh poised for confirmation to US Supreme Court

U.S. Senate heads to final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

"I have met with so many survivors, and I know that every single one of us has, and I've heard from colleagues as they have shared with me that they have been truly surprised, many stunned, by what they are learning is the prevalence of this unfortunately in our society today", she said. "It's a wake-up call to why it's important to hold the Senate".

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that she opposes Kavanaugh because of his temperament.

A week ago Kavanaugh's bid appeared very much in doubt as he faced accusations of sexual misconduct from several women, including psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

The debate sparked smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor. As moderates who support abortion rights, their joint opposition could have been enough to sink Kavanaugh, whose nomination was thrust into uncertainty following sexual assault allegations. Now, if we want to look at all the things that went wrong in this process, there are many.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely.

In the hours before the vote, police arrested demonstrators who had broken through barriers around the Capitol and tried to climb the building's steps.

Throughout the process, left-wing political activists, paid community organizers, and protesters have shouted down Kavanaugh supporters, repeatedly interrupted hearings and media interviews, and sought to intimidate undecided senators.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, however, was filmed dismissively waving a woman away at the elevator and saying that he'd talk with her 'when you grow up'. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation.

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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". None of the people at the high school gathering where Ford said the assault took place have corroborated her account, Collins said.

"Republicans are saying: 'Your voices just don't matter, '" Sen.

Without a shift in those who have already announced their votes, Murkowski's vote of "present" will not affect the nomination outcome.

"The process that led to this vote today has been, in my view, a terrible process, a gut-wrenching process, where good people have been needlessly hurt, where a woman who never sought the public spotlight was, I think, cruelly thrust into the brightest of spotlights", Murkowski said. It would be the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

The fundraiser crossed the $3 million threshold at about 11 a.m. EDT Saturday. 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.

"They managed to deliver the only thing we had not been able to figure out how to do, which is to get our folks fired up", McConnell said. He announced last week that the Senate would vote on Friday following a brief FBI investigation - a probe demanded by a trio of influential Republican senators who had yet to decide how they would vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Murkowski said it was time for the Senate to improve its process and level of respect for each other and those involved in congressional processes.

In a signed declaration, he shared an account of two interactions he had with Ford in which she spoke about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault years before he was nominated to the Supreme Court. "We have a lot of work to do".

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