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

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Activists demonstrate on the lawn of the East Front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018, in Washington.

I also thank Judge Kavanaugh's family for remaining strong in what has been a hard time personally, they all reflect the character of true public service.

As the clock ticked down to a final vote, Republican and Democratic senators continued to give floor speeches debating the nomination. He later telephoned his congratulations to the new justice, then at the rally returned to his own attack on the Democrats as "an angry left-wing mob".

The cold opened imagined the party-hearty hi-jinks of ecstatic Republican senators, led by a beer-chugging Lindsey Graham, portrayed by Kate McKinnon.

"I applaud the Senate and its Republican leadership for staying the course and maintaining a fair process that validates the presumption of innocence in our society and for not allowing rumor, slander and unsubstantiated claims to be the determining basis by which a qualified person is allowed to serve".

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

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", he said. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court.

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

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

Republicans "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result", he added. "The Investigation was a Sham" and "Jeff Flake lied to the women in the elevator".

Amy Schumer Gets Detained While Protesting Against Brett Kavanaugh
Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 before Kavanaugh, who vehemently denied Ford's allegations. In a video shared on Twitter , Amy said: "I think we're going to get arrested ".

Trump told reporters aboard the flight he is certain one of Kavanaugh's accusers, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, named the wrong person when she identified Kavanaugh as the man who assaulted her when the two were in high school.

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

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered up some words of praise for protesters ahead of the vote.

"But overcoming historic opposition, and a minority party with no scruples whatsoever, to confirm Brett Kavanaugh will be his greatest victory yet".

The Trump appointee has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by three women in recent weeks, and critics have characterized his confirmation as an affront to survivors of sexual assault.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court. At one point in the hearing, Mr. Kavanaugh blamed a Clinton-revenge conspiracy for the accusations against him. Democrats dismissed the truncated report as insufficient.

Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate with a 54-45 vote months later.

As the Senate tried to recover from its charged atmosphere, Ms. Murkowski's move offered a moment of civility.

Manchin released his decision and statement just minutes after Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins also revealed that she will vote yes for Kavanaugh. When Kavanaugh's confirmation was announced, a small group of supporters cheered amid boos.

"One of the reasons I chose him is because there is nobody with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh", Trump said. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881.

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