Trump Jr. slams Manchin over timing of Kavanaugh decision: 'Real profile in courage'
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Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Election Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B MORE slammed West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Blankenship endorses ex-W.Va. GOP Senate rival, calls him 'lying' drug lobbyist MORE on Friday over the Democratic senator's timing in announcing his support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The president's eldest son noted that Manchin's announcement came moments after Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsConservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Susan Collins and the mob mentality MORE (R-Maine) signaled her support for Kavanaugh, giving him the necessary votes to win confirmation.

"A real profile in courage," Trump Jr. wrote mockingly of Manchin, whom he dubbed a "lyin’ liberal."

"I bet he had another press release ready to go if Collins went the other way," Trump Jr. added while calling on followers to support Manchin's GOP challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patt Morrissey.

Republicans had for weeks put pressure on Manchin, who represents a state President Trump won by 42 points in 2016, to support Kavanaugh. Manchin, who is the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh, was joined by two other Democrats last year in voting for Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

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Manchin told reporters that he made his decision about Kavanaugh's nomination Friday morning, but "out of respect" did not issue his statement announcing his decision until Collins delivered her speech.

"I saw that Sen. Collins — I wanted to, out of respect, I wanted to watch her give hers ... and then I made my decision and I gave my reasons for my decision," Manchin said in an interview with CNN's Manu Raju.

The Senate is slated to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Saturday, capping off weeks of controversy after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct stemming from his days in high school and college in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the allegations, and the FBI launched a days-long investigation into sexual assault allegations against the nominee.

Several GOP senators on Thursday who remained publicly undecided on his nomination said the investigation did not corroborate allegations against him, while Democrats blasted the investigation as inadequate.