Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Announces Support For Kavanaugh

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If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh would tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favour of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Mr Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the United States military.

Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

With Collins and Manchin signaling they're behind Kavanaugh, it seems he will have enough votes to be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Manchin released his decision and statement just minutes after Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins also revealed that she will vote yes for Kavanaugh.

Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had faced similar political pressure heading into Friday's key vote on Kavanaugh's high court nomination.

Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic hearing should "worry us all", citing what she called "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee.

Joe Manchin said he, too, would back Kavanaugh, ensuring at least 51 "yes" votes in the Senate.

The 51-49 vote means the Senate could vote as early as Saturday on Kavanaugh's nomination - which is expected to be decided by the same razor-thin margin.

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Other vulnerable Senate Democrats such as Sens. So did Collins and Manchin - and that fact was not lost on Kavanaugh's opponents, who also packed Manchin's office to persuade him to side with his fellow Democrats. He said she told him about it again three months ago in an email.

Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president's "favorite for SCOTUS", he said. That's not conclusive evidence of what they will do on Saturday, but it sure looks better for Kavanaugh's chances than if they had voted against ending debate on the nomination.

To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it an "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.

Their testimony led to a brief FBI investigation into the matter, which Senate Republicans have said prove the allegations against Kavanaugh can not be corroborated.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him". "That takes some backbone, '" she said, quoting Kavanaugh.

Those two votes would put the vote count on Kavanaugh's confirmation at 49-49, meaning Republicans would need one more "yes" vote to put Kavanaugh on the Court. Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they both were in high school.

The vote on confirming Kavanaugh as an associate justice will begin at roughly 3:30 p.m. EST.

Yarasavage also indicated to Berchem that she had sent Kavanaugh a photo of their group of Yale friends - Ramirez included - from a wedding in 1997 - a decade after the alleged sexual misconduct occurred.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: "my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters".

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