George W. Bush made several calls reassuring Collins about Kavanaugh

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About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs, and U.S. Capitol Police officers began arresting some of them.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat facing a tough re-election fight in West Virginia, a state where the President rolled to victory in 2016, also supported Kavanaugh.

Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s - claims he fiercely denied - the 53-year-old conservative's nomination was on track for afternoon approval.

Murkowski said she has a high bar for any nominee to the Supreme Court, referencing section 1.2 of the Judicial Code of Conduct, which states that "a judge shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety".

Daines, a Montana Republican who has supported Kavanaugh's nomination, has been scheduled to attend his daughter's wedding on Saturday for months and made it clear he wouldn't be skipping the ceremony.

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters have broken through barriers and entered the steps of the US Capitol ahead of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court vote. "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

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Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, frightful attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party.

Asked about her husband's previous derogatory comments about African nations, Mrs. Trump said she didn't hear the president make the remarks and that none of her hosts during the trip brought up the topic.

Murkowski said she was displeased with the nomination process and felt that disrespect to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had gotten out of hand.

Kavanaugh will be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he will replace, the Court's crucial swing vote, Anthony Kennedy.

"You know what, we just completed an incredible trip, I want to talk about my trip and not what I wear, and that's very important, what I do, what we're doing with USAID, what I'm doing with my initiatives and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", she said.

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A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, then said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dorm party when both were Yale University freshmen.

Murkowski said her decision was "agonizing" and she was "truly leaning" toward confirming Kavanaugh. "I think it was a very important thing". The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. But when asked about the topic, Trump said she wished to discuss her trip and not her fashion choices. Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure.

"Therefore I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh". "Dr. Ford's goal here was never to impact the process to derail a nomination", attorney Lisa Banks said on All Things Considered.

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said.

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