Senate votes on confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

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Democrat and pro-choice Republican senators are particularly concerned that Kavanaugh could be a fifth vote to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. "I have been wrestling to-to really try to know what is fair and what is right and the truth is none of this has been fair", Murkowski said Friday, adding, "I believe we are dealing with issues that are bigger than a nominee".

News of Collins's key vote was a strong blow to opponents of the controversial Kavanaugh, including sexual assault victims and their allies who view his impending nomination as a referendum on the #MeToo movement and its limits.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and needed every vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

When it was official, Trump delivered a double thumbs-up from his desk. That is a state that President Donald Trump won by a very large margin - by more than 40 percentage point, in fact.

"We have a hard time getting men on the committee", he said. "Very happy about it".

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.

"It is simply impossible, after seeing the results of the FBI's supplemental work - I hesitate to call it an investigation - that anybody could think it was in any way, shape or form, the "comprehensive" work the President promised", Senator Hirono said, in a video of her floor speech posted to Facebook.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man".

Politically, with a chance of increasing his majority in the midterm elections, McConnell said the GOP is already seeing improvement in polling on Senate races due to the Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh combined with the protests. Every voting Republican backed the 53-year-old conservative judge. "Ho ho! Kavanaugh has got to go!" He urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress. Orrin Hatch said; Collins' speech "was the best analysis of Judge Kavanaugh's record we have heard, a thorough review of questions raised, and a powerful explanation as to why he is worthy of consideration".

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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.

Lastly, Collins directed her attention at the leaker of Dr. Ford's letter.

"I think what Susan did today was rise to the occasion when the stakes were so high", said Sen.

A spokesperson for Gianforte did not respond to Fox News' request for comment.

All but one Republican lined up behind him, arguing that a truncated FBI investigation turned up no corroborating witnesses and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort", attorney Debra Katz said to CNN.

Trump was in Kansas to campaign for Kris Kobach, secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas.

Flake joins fellow Arizona Republican Sen.

"You be accused of something that is going to follow you for the rest of your life, and see if you get a little bit aggressive", he said.

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