THE LEAD STORY - KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FALLOUT: HE SAID, SHE SAID: Following an explosive and, at times, highly emotional day of testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eyes are on several key swing-vote senators who could decide Friday's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation ... After the hearing, moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, as well as Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., huddled to discuss the nomination, FOX News confirmed. They talked for approximately 30 minutes before a GOP conference meeting ahead of Friday's planned Judiciary Committee vote.
Friday's vote is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, in a major boost to Kavanaugh's bid, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently sparred with President Trump, said Thursday night that he would support Kavanaugh.