Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice

Breaking Flake Is Officially a 'Yes' on Kavanaugh

Breaking Flake Is Officially a 'Yes' on Kavanaugh

The confirmation marks a major victory for President Donald Trump, who will soon be able to take credit for appointing two conservative justices to the Supreme Court during his relatively brief time in office.

Collins' announcement followed a hotly contested procedural vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination earlier in the day.

The Senate vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is certain to be close, even if the outcome is no longer suspenseful.

But the fight was defined by sexual assault accusations, especially Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh tried raping her at a 1982 high school gathering.

Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s and his fierce denials, the 53-year-old conservative's nomination was on track for afternoon approval.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declared before the vote.

Wednesday night, the FBI delivered its supplemental background investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh to the Capitol.

The FBI submitted its investigation early this week, which was then sent to the Senate for the lawmakers to have a look at it and have an informed decision.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.

On Friday, Collins announced on the Senate floor that she would vote to approve Kavanagh, questioned before a Senate panel about alleged sex abuse and alleged alcoholic blackouts.

USA citizens protest during Melania Trump 5-hour visit to Malawi
The convoy of the US First Lady however passed by without any incident and Mrs Trump might have seen the protests. Trump noted Melania was receiving an fantastic amount of love from Africa, something that made him happy.

"I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo global trip to Africa.

"We are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions", Nadler said in an interview with The New York Times on Friday.

A key procedural vote Friday morning passes with a simple majority and that starts the clock for a final confirmation vote on judge Brett Kavanaugh to happen by Saturday afternoon, October 6 at around 5 p.m.

Vice-President Mike Pence was ready to cast a tie-breaking vote if needed.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

In a sign of the tense mood at the Capitol, Republican Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas was interrupted twice by yelling from protesters in the Senate gallery, which is open to visitors.

Moments after Collins pledged to back Kavanaugh, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support. "Don't stop calling your senators and telling them to vote NO. Keep up the fight".

Despite her opposition to Kavanaugh, Murkowski said she plans to ultimately vote "present" in the final vote as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the lone Republican to break with her party, saying she was against Kavanaugh's nomination. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh will replace, retired this year after decades of being a swing vote on the court.

The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September.

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