As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh awaits a final Senate confirmation vote, a lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford says she absolutely does not want him impeached if Democrats take control of Congress.
Murkowski said she believes Kavanaugh to be a good man, but questioned if this was the right time for his nomination to the nation's highest court.
A final vote on whether Judge Kavanaugh will join the nine-member panel is scheduled for Saturday.
Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking, making him the only Democrat supporting the nominee.
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. The vote comes after Kavanaugh faced accusations of sexual misconduct from Ramirez and other women. Kavanaugh vehemently denied all the claims.
A major bombshell in Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court came early Friday afternoon, October 5, when Alaska Sen. I have been wrestling to really try to know what is fair and what is right, and the truth is, that none of this has been fair.
In a September 27 hearing at which Kavanaugh later testified, Ford said Kavanaugh restrained her on a bed, groped her over her clothes, tried to remove her clothing and a swimsuit underneath them, and clamped his hand over her mouth when she screamed.
"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said.
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The Alaska senator expressed dismay at the acrimony in Kavanaugh's confirmation process and said on the Senate floor, "I am really anxious that this becomes the new normal, where we find new and even more creative ways to tear one another down, that good people are just going to say forget".
"This hasn't been fair to the judge, but I also recognize that we need to have institutions that are viewed as fair", she said. One woman made a poster showing Sen.
That investigation is complete, and all reports indicate the FBI found no evidence to corroborate any of the allegations Kavanaugh's accusers brought.
Demonstrators gather outside the Senate office of Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, the lone Republican to vote against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday. "I don't believe the facts show that it was Brett Kavanaugh, but I believe something happened", Manchin said.
"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote. Steve Daines, R-Montana, can make it to the floor in time for the vote, as he is attending his daughter's wedding Saturday.
Two key Republican senators said they were satisfied with the FBI's background investigation report on October 4, and said it didn't corroborate the claims of the women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.
Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.