GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Protesters occupy the Contemplation of Justice statue in front of the Supreme Court Saturday after Kavanaugh was confirmed

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the GOP needed to move on Kavanaugh's vote, because it was not going to get any better for the nominee if the process continued to drag out.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Murkowski's stance broke with the other three previously undecided senators who announced their decisions Friday.

"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting 'YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!' Trump tweeted.

On Saturday, all Republican senators, with the exception of Sen. Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed to the Supreme Court past year after the Senate changed its rules so that a nominee could be confirmed to the high court with a simple majority.

The committee paused the nomination process for a week so the FBI could investigate.

On Thursday night, Kavanaugh said in an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal that he might have been "too emotional" in the hearing, insisting he is "an independent, impartial judge".

Her allegation came a week after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her down and covered her mouth to hide her screams as he grinded on her and attempted to remove her one-piece bathing suit.

After Collins' announcement that she is pledging her support, Sen.

An M for an M, if you will. Manchin, who faces a tough reelection campaign in a state that overwhelmingly favors Kavanaugh, will most likely be a "Yes" vote on Saturday.

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"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", said Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine.

Kavanaugh now has enough support to be confirmed in a vote planned for Saturday afternoon.

In a sign of the political pressure the Alaska Republican faces, a variety of activists and constituents showed up at her Washington, DC, Senate office throughout Friday morning before and after the vote.

"I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man".

Federal agents are believed to have spoken to five witnesses regarding Prof Ford's accusations and another four other witnesses involving a separate accusation by Deborah Ramirez, who said the nominee had exposed himself to her when they were both at Yale University.

The Senate vote was expected to be held midafternoon. Collins said Kavanaugh assured her during a private meeting that Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established abortion rights, is settled law.

The Friday cloture vote limits further debate and Democrats' ability to filibuster the final vote.

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican, who's repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".

"I do hope it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small, gracious steps can lead to more", Murkowski said Friday in announcing her intent.

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