President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawyer: Ford found Trump mocking her testimony ‘very hurtful’ McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a ‘wake up call’ ahead of November election Kagan warns that Supreme Court may not have a swing vote anymore MORE voiced his confidence in Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday shortly earlier than the Senate was poised to substantiate him to the Supreme Court docket.
“I feel he will make us all very proud,” Trump informed reporters earlier than leaving Washington for a rally in Kansas on Saturday night.
“I feel he’s going to be an incredible, nice Supreme Court docket justice for a few years.”
Trump acknowledged the bitter months-long Senate affirmation course of for Kavanaugh, together with partisan brawling this week over a supplemental FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct towards the nominee.
“I additionally really feel very strongly that, ultimately, the method, it was actually unattractive, however the additional week was one thing that I feel was actually good,” Trump mentioned Saturday.
He additionally supplied reward for Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLawyer: Ford found Trump mocking her testimony ‘very hurtful’ Dan Rather: Collins ‘misses her moment to be a hero’ by voting for Kavanaugh Kagan warns that Supreme Court may not have a swing vote anymore MORE (R-Maine), whose help for Kavanaugh that she introduced on Friday secured him sufficient votes for affirmation.
“I assumed that Susan was unimaginable yesterday. You might see how laborious she labored, how laborious she was working, she did not cease,” the president mentioned.
He praised her “impassioned, lovely speech,” saying it “was from the guts.”
Kavanaugh’s anticipated affirmation Saturday offers Trump and Republicans a serious win a month earlier than the midterm elections.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh in early July to switch the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a perennial swing vote on the courtroom.
Trump’s feedback got here amid Saturday afternoon’s vote on the Senate flooring, the place Kavanaugh’s nomination is anticipated to cross following statements in his favor from Collins and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDan Rather: Collins ‘misses her moment to be a hero’ by voting for Kavanaugh McConnell: Kavanaugh fight a ‘wake up call’ ahead of November election Kagan warns that Supreme Court may not have a swing vote anymore MORE (D-W.Va.) on Friday.
Collins addressed the Senate in a roughly 45-minutes speech decrying the ambiance of partisanship that overshadowed Kavanaugh’s affirmation hearings, and stating that the proof behind allegations of sexual assault leveled towards him was not robust sufficient to sway her vote.
“This debate is sophisticated additional by the truth that the Senate affirmation course of isn’t a trial … however sure elementary authorized rules about due course of, the presumption of innocence and equity do bear on my pondering and I can’t abandon them,” she mentioned in her speech.
The Maine senator was seen as a vital pickup for Democrats hoping to cease Kavanaugh’s nomination, because the get together would want no less than two Republicans to defect and vote “no” to achieve success.
These plans appeared to finish on Friday, as Alaska Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHow Kavanaugh got the votes Murkowski says she opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination, but will vote ‘present’ Senate set for rare all-night session ahead of Kavanaugh vote MORE (R) stays the one Republican against Kavanaugh’s affirmation.