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Faye Gross | 08 October, 2018, 06:29

Some of them continued raising concerns that Kavanaugh would push the court further to the right, including with possible sympathetic rulings for President Donald Trump, the man who nominated him. We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be.

Meanwhile hundreds of people protested outside the US Capitol against Kavanaugh. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

"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.

Exactly one month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention.

Joe Manchin was the only Democrat Senator to vote in favour of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The outcome had remained in doubt, however, after one Republican, Lisa Murkowski, defied her party and voted against moving ahead.

Protesters have spent days in Washington urging swing senators like Collins and Murkowski to vote no. (Republicans now have a 51 to 49 seat majority in the Senate, and they will likely keep control of the chamber in November).

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice.

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Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions.

Nadler said it would probably be hard to interview Kavanaugh if he was sitting on the Supreme Court. Flake did not address Murkowski's unexpected break, which she claims she decided only as she walked to the Senate chamber for the vote. More than 300 were arrested on Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee says the Federal Bureau of Investigation also interviewed two alleged eyewitnesses to the incident named by Ramirez and one of her college friends.

It's all expected to conclude Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines. Around 100 of them were detained by the police. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

"This hasn't been fair to the judge, but I also recognize that we need to have institutions that are viewed as fair", she said. "I found her testimony to be honest, painful and compelling".

Sen. Collins has been described as the last of the "moderate" northeastern Rockefeller Republicans.

Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him.

The West Virginia Democrat declined comment to reporters as he boarded a Senate subway, saying he would release a statement on the Kavanaugh nomination later in the day.

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