Brett Kavanaugh poised for confirmation as final vote approaches

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Susan Collins: ‘I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court’

Brett Kavanaugh cloture vote: as it happened

Republicans in the US Senate, with the help of a lone Democrat, have voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh to a final floor vote, propelling the embattled federal judge one step closer to the supreme court.

Faced with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and concerns over his impartiality, Kavanaugh cleared a key procedural hurdle on Friday in a narrow 51-49 vote that fell sharply along party lines.

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