The FBI inquiry began last week at the direction of the White House after Republican Sen.
The suspense over whether Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court associate justice is likely to end this weekend, but it isn't over yet. Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.
Collins is expected to vote in favor of a procedural vote Friday morning, but it is still up in the air if the Maine Republican will confirm Kavanaugh in a vote to take place Saturday.
Ahead of Friday's voting, Republicans emerged confident that an FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details, they said. Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate.
Minutes after the vote concluded, Trump tweeted that he is "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".
Some senators emphasized that how they voted on cloture was not necessarily indicative of how they would vote on confirmation. Sen.
Joe Manchin. Facing a re-election vote in November in the pro-Trump state of West Virginia, he said on Friday he supported Flake's call to delay voting so the FBI could investigate.
Flake said on Friday that he will vote yes "unless something big changes". Key undecided senators spent hours Thursday in a secure briefing room pouring over the FBI's report on allegations of sexual misconduct. Flake said he saw no additional corroborating information against Kavanaugh, although he was "still reading" it.
"It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House, I don't know", Feinstein told reporters.
Mr Trump, who on Tuesday scornfully mocked Ms Ford's Judiciary panel testimony, tweeted that Mr Kavanaugh's "great life can not be ruined by mean" and "despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"
A previously undecided Democratic senator, Heidi Heitkamp, said she would vote against Kavanaugh, citing "concerns about his past conduct" and questions about his "temperament, honesty and impartiality" after his angry, defiant testimony a week ago to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s. If confirmed, he would deepen conservative control of the court.
Aside from Ford, several other women, including two who had also come forward, have accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting or harassing them during his high school and university years. "The request was for an investigation into current credible allegations against Judge Kavanaugh", reads the opening paragraph of the document compiled by Chairman Grassley's staff.
"I was subjected to wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations", he wrote.
Kavanaugh said he was grateful to participate in the process leading up to his initial hearing - but harshly criticized the turmoil that followed.
The ruling Republicans exuded confidence that he would sail through the Congress. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in MS, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence.
Mr Schumer called for the report to be made public as well as the directive the White House gave the FBI ordering the investigation. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.
Bennett said his support for Sen. People protesting against his nomination were gathering again on Friday in a Senate office building.