Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the US Supreme Court looked like a done deal Friday - after the Senate narrowly voted to push forward with his nomination and key senators who had been on the fence announced that they would back him.
After a bitter partisan fight that gripped the country, lawmakers backed Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision on whether to confirm him.
Deborah Ramirez says the Senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale.
Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they both were in high school. He angrily denied the accusations.
Flake, like Collins, believed that the FBI investigation, which did not corroborate the sexual assault allegations, was thorough. An appellate court judge on the District of Columbia circuit for the past 12 years, he pushed for the Senate vote as hard as Republican leaders - not just to reach this capstone of his legal career, but in fighting to clear his name. I have been wrestling to really try to know what is fair and what is right, and the truth is, that none of this has been fair.
"I think that we should", she told reporters.
"If I need to be in two places at once to walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day and to be the final vote to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, he's offered me the use of his plane", Mr. Daines said.
In the case of Kavanaugh, even if the House did proceed to impeach him, it would take the consent of two-thirds of the Senate to remove him.
Ford privately shared her story with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen.
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. Eleven Democrats voted for Thomas, while two Republicans opposed his confirmation. In 2017, Collins was a swing vote that helped save the Affordable Care Act of 2010, a.k.a. Obamacare, from being overturned-and unlike most Republicans, Collins is pro-choice on the abortion issue. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.
A key procedural vote Friday morning passes with a simple majority and that starts the clock for a final confirmation vote on judge Brett Kavanaugh to happen by Saturday afternoon, October 6 at around 5 p.m. And that report might give her an excuse to vote for Kavanaugh.
Notably absent from that report: any interviews with Kavanaugh or his primary accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. But she also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided. They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing allegations of connections between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation tried to pursue him in court.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh becomes emotional as he testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018.