Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the Supreme Court of the U.S.

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the Supreme Court of the U.S.

Image: Judge Kavanaugh being sworn in.

Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party when she was 15 and he 17 - 36 years ago. "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom", she said in her speech. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". And he urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress. A total of 164 people were arrested in the protests, U.S. Capitol Police said.

One of Ms. Blasey Ford's lawyers, Debra Katz, watched the confirmation vote from the public viewing gallery Saturday.

By Friday afternoon, the sole remaining undeclared senator was Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting Kavanaugh, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

Accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry.

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Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin.

After expressing support for Kavanaugh, he posted: "Now what Republicans must do is support those still marginalized by a history of oppression and neglect".

Three female GOP senators - Jodi Ernst of Iowa, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS, sat directly behind Collins as she spoke.

A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Kavanaugh clerked in the Supreme Court for Justice Kennedy and for judges of circuit courts of appeals.

When it was Murkowski's turn, she rose and practically whispered "no", returning to her chair and snot talking to any senator for another 10 minutes as she stared stone-faced at the front of the room.

When she finished, Collins received applause from the roughly two dozen GOP senators present.

U.S. Democrat senator Kirsten Gillibrand stands with comedian Amy Schumer, right, and actress model Emily Ratajkowski, centre, at a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday.

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes". Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, setting the stage for a final vote in the chamber Saturday evening. He accused Democrats of emboldening protesters: "They have encouraged mob rule".

But the report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation was met with mixed response, with survivors and Democrats saying it was "insufficient", but Mr Trump and Republicans calling it "thorough" and "professional".

"Very, very good", Trump said.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

It drew the line under a bruising nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers - and by his fiery rebuttal. As the New York Times' Maggie Haberman pointed out, the anger from Democrats might outlast the "high" from Republicans.

"We could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh", Beck Bennett's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN anchor Dana Bash, played by Heidi Gardner.

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"I think he's going to be a great, great Supreme Court Justice for many years", he said.

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