Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Susan Collins will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Manchin's "yes" vote seemed likely after he voted Friday morning to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote.

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

Manchin said in a written statement, "My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life". Kavanaugh himself has categorically denied the accusations against him, calling them "last minute smears" created to delay his nomination process further. "All the sympathy I'm seeing right now for Brett Kavanuagh, while she's being mocked, while she's being demeaned", he said.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins called the document "thorough", while Arizona's Jeff Flake said, "We've seen no additional corroborating information".

The full vote on the nomination is expected to take place Saturday, Kennedy said.

The West Virginia senator announced his decision moments after the remaining undecided Republican, Sen.

Comments by two of them - Jeff Flake and Susan Collins - indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, which was the latest twist in the pitched political battle over Kavanaugh, may have allayed their concerns about him. If he fills that space, the Court will lean to the right, which is a good or bad thing, depending upon your political point of view.

No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

As they mulled Kavanaugh, a Democrat up for re-election in a state which traditionally votes Republican came out against the nominee.

A reported nine people were interviewed in the FBI's five-day investigation.

Putting Kavanaugh on the court would give Republicans a victory just weeks before the November 6 election, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and are making a longer shot bid for a Senate majority.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning that if all Senate Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump can not afford to lose more than one Republican vote for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.

While her "no" vote on the motion to end debate suggested Murkowski is inclined to oppose Kavanaugh, the senator sounded as if she was still anguished and uncertain. The judge said his angrily testimony, which was brutally parodied by Matt Damon on Saturday Night Live, "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".

He defended the FBI investigation into the sexual assault accusations against the 53-year-old conservative appeals court judge, which Democrats have criticized as "incomplete" and "very limited".

The FBI investigated the allegations this week by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Judge Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to rape her when he was drunk at a high school party. "After reviewing the proceedings, including more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh, and reviewing all witness testimony along with the rest of the record that has been presented throughout the course of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process, I will support his nomination".