By Fox News. With tensions boiling over on the eve of a major procedural vote in the Senate on Friday morning on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, three of four key moderate swing-vote senators are “trying to get to yes,” a GOP source told Fox News.
Those senators — Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Republican Susan Collins — have kept their options open throughout the nomination process, but there were outward indications that at least some of them will ultimately support Kavanaugh.
In an unexpected, almost movie-like twist late Thursday, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced he’s going to attend his daughter’s wedding back home in Montana on Saturday — meaning that even though he strongly supports Kavanaugh, he would be unavailable to immediately vote for his confirmation, which is scheduled to be taken up that evening.
But Fox News has learned that Daines made an unusual late-night phone call Thursday evening to Kavanaugh and personally reassured him that “he has made arrangements to be there to get him across the finish line as needed.” (Read more from “Kavanaugh Fate Hangs in Balance, With 3 Swing-Vote Senators” HERE)
Kavanaugh Protesters Arrested at Capitol, After Thousands March on Supreme Court
By Fox News. Thousands of liberal protesters, fired up by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, marched up Capitol Hill on Thursday to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and put pressure on the handful of undecided senators who will determine whether Kavanaugh gets confirmed in the coming days.
By Thursday afternoon, Capitol Police began arresting hundreds of protesters inside the Hart Senate Office Building who raised their fists and loudly started chanting “Kavanaugh has got to go.” Arrests were made after protesters began sitting down in the building’s atrium, refusing to cooperate with law enforcement.
In all, some 302 protesters were arrested and charged with unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings Thursday, police said.
During the rallies and marches, protesters made it clear they were mad that Kavanaugh – who has denied allegations of past sexual assault – might be confirmed as early as this week. (Read more from “Kavanaugh Protesters Arrested at Capitol, After Thousands March on Supreme Court” HERE)