Sen. Susan Collins unveiled her highly-anticipated decision regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh Friday afternoon; publicly confirming she intends to vote for President Trump’s nominee during a rousing speech on the Senate Floor.
Collins’ announcement ends weeks of speculation surrounding her critical vote after 11th hour allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh threatened to derail his confirmation process.
The GOP Senator was one of three lawmakers who requested the FBI re-open its background investigation into the potential Justice following the accusations; delaying the process for exactly one week.
The Senate will hold a full vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation as early as Saturday morning.
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JUDGMENT DAY: Key Senate Kavanaugh Vote Just Minutes Away, Fate Unknown
Weeks of high-stakes testimony, 11th hour allegations, political posturing, and media speculation will come to end Friday morning, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will hold a pivotal vote surrounding the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
McConnell will move Friday morning to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination before the full US Senate; meaning if he can muster 50 “yes” votes to “end the debate” the potential Justice will likely be officially confirmed Saturday morning.
The vote comes as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee made public the official summary of the FBI’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh in the early 1980s.
“According to the summary of the report, FBI agents interviewed 10 people and reached out to 11. They focused exclusively on witnesses with potential first-hand knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh,” writes Fox News.
McConnell’s vote will take place at 10:30am Friday morning.
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BREAKING: Sen. Jeff Flake to ‘Vote Yes’ on Judge Brett Kavanaugh
Sen. Jeff Flake announced Friday morning he intends to “vote yes” to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court; throwing his support behind President Trump’s pick after allegations of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s derailed the nomination process.
According to the Washington Post, Flake claims he “left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty” but said the American justice system is based on the presumption of innocence.
“When Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote,” said Flake. “Yesterday, we heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh. I wish that I could express the confidence that some of my colleagues have conveyed about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s, but I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty.”
“What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law,” he added. “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”