Judge Brett Kavanaugh gained the support of two swing Senators late Friday afternoon; likely passing the 50-vote threshold required to clear the United States Senate and join the Supreme Court.
Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin of West Virginia threw their full support behind President Trump’s nominee just hours after the Senate held a procedural vote to advance his confirmation.
During her fiery and extensive speech before her colleagues, Collins slammed the process as a “caricature of a gutter-level political campaign” based on “over-the-top rhetoric” from Democratic leaders.
The two Senators bring Kavanaugh’s support to a razor-thin 51-49 vote should all legislators cast their ballot as intended; meaning the tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence likely won’t be needed.
The Senate plans to hold a full vote on Judge Kavanaugh as early as Saturday afternoon.
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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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