Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

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In an effort to convince Collins that there would be consequences if she voted to support him, a group of people from ME launched a crowdfunding campaign on a site called Crowdpac.

Senator Susan Collins - a maverick member of Trump's Republican party - and her Democrat counterpart Joe Manchin said allegations that Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted a fellow teenager almost four decades ago were unproven.

Standing in Kavanaugh's way are a handful of key swing votes.

"I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.

Outside, protesters shouted "shame on you" as Manchin spoke to reporters about his decision. "Shame! Shame!" Manchin told reporters an FBI investigation, which did not find corroborating evidence of Ford's accusations, was thorough.

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Looks like Susan Collins has saved Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation. Something happened to Dr. Ford.

Besides interviewing and talking to people who know Kavanaugh, Collins said she assembled a team of 19 attorneys to assist her in examining his judicial record.

Kavanaugh has faced heavy scrutiny during his nomination process, in part because of sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against him. He denied those accusations, as well as Ford's, in angry testimony to a Senate committee.

Friday started as spellbinding drama as the quartet - Collins and fellow Republicans Jeff Flake, of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, and Democrat Joe Manchin, of West Virginia - gradually began revealing how they would vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Cella had joined one of many small, scattered groups of demonstrators who had assembled outside the Supreme Court building just before the Senate cloture vote on Friday morning. More than 300 were arrested on Thursday.

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But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote on Friday and a final vote on Saturday on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court. Murphy said his partisan response to Ford's allegations and mischaracterization of the contents of his own high school yearbook should disqualify him from a seat on the Supreme Court. McConnell then warned that he would up the ante and blow up the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, and when he got in power, he did just that previous year during the confirmation process for Neil Gorsuch.

With a final vote scheduled for Saturday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is on track to have the closest confirmation vote in more than 130 years.

In theory, Kavanaugh could be confirmed, sworn in and sitting on the mahogany bench in the traditional black justice's robe by Tuesday, when the court is next in session.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein noted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not interview Kavanaugh himself or Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor from California who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982.

When Sen. Susan Collins spoke on the Senate floor to announce she would vote for his confirmation, protesters began chanting: "Vote no, show up for ME women".

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Collins took pains to say she believes Ford suffered a sexual assault that "has upended her life", but said she was not convinced Kavanaugh was the culprit. White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence. He has a decent sized lead in the polls against the Republican, Patrick Morrisey. Deborah Ramirez, a second accuser who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two attended Yale University, voiced similar frustration. Dianne Feinstein of California, said Republicans have "largely chosen to ignore the testimony" of Ford.

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