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GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

The US Senate on Friday narrowly approved moving to a final vote on President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, but his fate remained in the balance as key Republicans appeared still undecided.

Tensions on Capitol Hill have been high this week, particularly on Friday, as the Senate voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination. (Republicans now have a 51 to 49 seat majority in the Senate, and they will likely keep control of the chamber in November).

Collins announced her decision in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, much of which was spent refuting Democratic criticism that Kavanaugh would overturn the Affordable Care Act or Roe v. Wade.

Under the pairing arrangement, the senator in the duo who is present and voting - in this case Murkowski - announces that she or he has "a pair" with the senator not in attendance.

Meanwhile hundreds of people protested outside the US Capitol against Kavanaugh. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

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It was a freakish claim, but a familiar one for many on the right, who have accused Soros of bankrolling other prominent protests. On Friday, she actually voted no on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward.

"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", she said.

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

"Our Supreme Court confirmation process has been in steady decline for more than 30 years", Collins said.

Given the result of Friday's vote, federal appeals court judge Kavanaugh looked on track to get the lifetime job on the Supreme Court.

Rice tweeted a little later that she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed" by Collins' vote. But I value and respect where my colleagues have come down from in their support for the judge, and I think we're at a place where we need to begin thinking about the credibility and integrity of our institutions.

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Addressing his angry testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he branded the allegations against him an "orchestrated political hit", he wrote: "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said".

For weeks, Kavanaugh's future has hung in the balance during hours of hearings, FBI investigations and sexual assault allegations, which he has denied. The roll call seemed destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side capping a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his nominee.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". "I don't believe the facts show it was Brett Kavanaugh", said Manchin. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

Collins said that the four witnesses Christine Ford listed couldn't corroborate the 36-year-old assault claim she made against Kavanaugh while they were in high school. Though, when asked how sure she was that Kavanaugh was the boy who attacked her, Dr. Ford said "100%".

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