The United States Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday; ending weeks of speculation surrounding the Justice’s political future after 11th hour allegations threatened to derail his nomination.
Kavanaugh’s fierce confirmation battle came to an end Friday when GOP Sen. Susan Collins voted to advance the judge’s nomination; calling the overt political “smear campaign” orchestrated to delay the process a “national disgrace.” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin confirmed his “yes” vote just moments later.
Saturday’s final vote was 50 – 48.
Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting “YES” to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump’s second Supreme Court appointment in just two years.
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BREAKING NOW: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to ‘VOTE YES’ on Kavanaugh
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin unveiled his decision regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday afternoon; saying he will vote “yes” on President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
“I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” tweeted Manchin just seconds after GOP Sen. Susan Collins pledged her support to the potential Justice.
I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/1FfuMTOZz8
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) October 5, 2018
The support of Senators Manchin and Collins gives Judge Kavanaugh 51 likely votes in the United States Senate; enough to pass the 50-vote threshold and confirm the Justice to the United States Supreme Court.
The full Senate will vote as early as Saturday morning.
BREAKING NOW: Sen. Susan Collins to Vote 'YES' on Judge Brett Kavanaugh
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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