- Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him.
In a vote on an issue that not only divided Democrats and Republicans but the entire U.S., the US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge.
Even as Vice President Mike Pence, president of the Senate, called the roll for the vote, protesters shouted from outside the chamber.
Large groups of protesters gathered outside the Capitol building and across the street at the Supreme Court ahead of the final vote on Saturday.
Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One what message he had for women across the country who feel the nomination sends a message that their allegations of sexual assault aren't believed, Trump disagreed with the premise, saying women "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh" and "were in many ways stronger than the men in his favor".
'Vote them out!' was the most common chant, directed at every Republican who sided with Trump despite a heartfelt sexual assault claim from a woman who claims a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a 1982 party, when she was 15. Afterward, Republicans declared that the FBI had not found any corroborating witnesses, while Democrats blasted the limited scope of the investigation, which they said ignored dozens of witnesses willing to corroborate allegations of sexual misconduct and lying under oath.
Murkowski was the only Republican who did not vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, lovely speech".
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen.
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Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in June on the Senate floor. "I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said. Trump continues to blame members of the Democratic Party for the debate over Kavanaugh's appointment.
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Coons said undecided senators ought to "weigh very carefully" the temperament Kavanaugh displayed during last week's hearing. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.
Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".
Anti-Kavanaugh protests have been present throughout the nomination process, but appeared to intensify Friday with some aimed at particular lawmakers, such as Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.
Americans from both sides took to Twitter to comment on the confirmation. But in an act of courtesy to Daines, Alaska's pro-abortion Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski withdrew her vote which would have been against Kavanaugh.
Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.
Democrats say Mr Kavanaugh will push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for President Trump should he encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign. "You know, they went four years, they went eight years and they never got a choice, and here we are at two already".
Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, but will be in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
They also challenged the veracity of some of his Judiciary Committee testimony.
The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - allegations he emphatically denied.