There are now six female senators in the GOP: Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Iowa's Joni Ernst, Maine's Susan Collins, Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith, Nebrask's Deb Fischer and West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito. "However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist".
"Not a single person has contacted her to say I was at the party that night...not a single person has come forward to say they were the one who drove her home or were in the vehicle with her that night", said Collins.
Republican Senator Deb Fischer described Kavanaugh as "one of the most thoughtful, preeminent judges in our nation". "But it just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time", she said.
The votes of the four senators are crucial because Republicans control the Senate by a razor-thin 51-49 margin and can afford only one defection.
Democrats have pushed hard against Kavanaugh's appointment in the wake of Ford's testimony last week before the Judiciary Committee on which Durbin sits.
"We have to assure the American people either that it was a fair process and that the new justice did not commit perjury, did not do these bad things, or reveal that we just don't know because the investigation was a whitewash", Nadler said.
And I should say that the White House really coached Brett Kavanaugh for hours and hours and hours, first about his initial testimony, and then when he had to go back a second time. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". With Republicans clinging to a two-vote majority, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.
Before Kavanaugh's volcanic, partisan attack on the Judiciary Committee's proceedings as the product of "a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation".
After weeks of high-stakes political and human drama, it appears Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court is all-but-assured when the full Senate takes a final vote Saturday afternoon.
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At that point, Murkowski came out against Kavanaugh while Flake said he would back him barring a last-minute surprise.
Collins voted to end debate on Kavanaugh's confirmation, paving the way for a final vote.
"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court", the president wrote minutes after Vice President Mike Pence officially announced Kavanaugh's confirmation.
On Friday the Senate voted along party lines to remove the last obstacle to holding a decisive vote this weekend.
He did well as his initial confirmation hearings, avoiding any pitfalls during two long days of gruelling questions. But it wasn't clear at the time that she would be a "yes"' for the nominee.
Protesters against Kavanaugh were seen drawing signs outside the Supreme Court.
Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday.
There are 21 Senators on Judiciary committee. The FBI spoke to roughly 10 witnesses about the cases, but lawyers for both women said the FBI failed to follow obvious leads.