President Trump commended senators for moving ahead with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Friday morning.
"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting 'YES' to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh," the president tweeted Friday.
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Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting “YES” to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018
The Senate voted 51-49 to end debate on Kavanaugh Friday morning, setting up a final vote on the nominee. One Republican senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against Kavanaugh, but her vote was offset with a "yes" vote from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., voted to move forward with Kavanaugh's nomination. While the vote is a strong signal Kavanaugh is on the verge of being confirmed, the "yes" votes from Collins and Flake don't necessarily mean they will support him in the final vote. All eyes are on Collins, who will announce whether or not she plans to vote for Kavanaugh at 3 p.m. Friday.
Still, Republicans are confident they have the votes to get Kavanaugh confirmed.
Friday's vote came 24 hours after the FBI delivered a 46-page report that detailed interviews with nine witnesses connected to two sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh that date back 35 years. Democrats, along with Flake, requested that the president launch an FBI investigation into the allegations before the Senate would hold a final vote on the nominee.
Republicans believe the report cleared Kavanaugh of all allegations, while Democrats are calling the investigation incomplete.