A final vote on whether Judge Kavanaugh will join the nine-member panel is scheduled for Saturday. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he would be attending his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday. She said she would vote to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward, which was met with screaming and accusations by protesters.
But even if the House impeaches Kavanaugh, two-thirds of the Senate - a supermajority - would need to vote to remove him following a trial, making the likelihood of his ousting very small.
Flake was the Republican from Arizona who engineered the last-minute delay so the FBI could conduct its week-long supplemental background investigation into the Kavanaugh accusations by three women. That previous vote was to limit debate, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will get a vote probably Saturday. 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.
Of the four lawmakers who had not revealed their decisions until Friday - all moderates - Republican Sens. Mr Flake told reporters that unless "something big" changes, he will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.
Democrats said Kavanaugh would push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump should the president encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign.
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For days, protesters had targeted the office of Sen. But she said his actions Friday - the closed office, a "yes" in a preliminary vote and his plan to vote yes Saturday - made it increasingly hard to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Grossi said she wants to believe Flake is a good man and that he was telling the truth when he said he found Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to be credible. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., responded to one protester's call for Kavanaugh to take a polygraph test, asking: "Maybe we can dunk him in water and see if he floats?"
Senators on both sides know they have work to do to put the chamber back together again after a ferocious debate that saw them arguing over the sordid details of high school drinking games, sexual allegations and cryptic yearbook entries. Her announcement in the Senate was followed up by Sen.
"We would have to investigate any credible allegations of perjury and other things that haven't been properly looked into before", he said.
"Fairness is most in jeopardy ... when passions are inflamed", she said on October 5, referring to allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. Republicans have 51 seats in the Senate, which is enough to get Kavanaugh through, but not if more than one Senator vote against him. He said his views are "deeply at odds with the progress America has made in the last century of jurisprudence and at odds with what most Americans believe". They were aired in an emotional hearing last week that featured a fiery, partisan response from Kavanaugh.
"I think Flake took a lot of heat, but he's a human being and most human beings were affected by those hearings", Rose said.