Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court Justice

Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court Justice

The vote occurred shortly before 4 p.m.

As Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., - whose demand for a one-week delay in the vote pending an Federal Bureau of Investigation review of sexual assault allegations against the nominee provided Kavanaugh opponents hope he would vote "no" - was about to be called on, a male protester stood up, started walking toward the exit and with voice barely raised, stated simply, "Flake, you're a disgrace" and motioned toward Capitol Police and staffers that he wasn't about to struggle.

In a much-watched, televised vote Saturday afternoon, senators voted 50-48 to confirm President Trump's pick to the High Court.

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation. Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary. The vote unfolded with protesters shouting from the gallery.

The most high profile of these allegations was that of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor who claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the summer of 1982.

Kavanaugh, who categorically denied the claims every step of the way, was widely criticised for his own testimony in front of the judiciary committee, reacting angrily to many questions and repeating senator's questions back to them. The FBI investigated the accusations and found no corroborating evidence, clearing the way for today's Senate vote.

Yet, according to several media outlets, he made telephone calls to several Republican senators over the past few weeks to push for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"... Fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election", Kavanaugh said.

It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

The significance of Kavanaugh's confirmation likely will not be felt for many years.

Kavanaugh replaces the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh for sexual misconduct allegations during confirmation
According to the National Law Journal , Kavanaugh hired 25 women and 23 men while serving as an appeals court judge on the D.C. Wallace pressed McConnell to explicitly say whether or not he would go forward with a Trump nomination in 2020.

Matt Brooks, director of the same organization, said the contentious vote underlined the importance of upcoming midterm elections, which could see the Senate gain a Democratic majority.

Senators voting to eventually confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were forced repeatedly to stop so that protesters could be cleared from the room.

When Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire during the summer, both political parties - and especially their respective bases - leapt into action with the most expensive, most brutal Supreme Court confirmation in American history.

Centrist Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski refused to cast a "yes" vote, but called out "present" instead of "no" so fellow Republican Steve Daines of Montana could skip the roll call and walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. "We spoke to a gal who does not support Kavanaugh and had a good discussion with her, very respectful".

Even before the sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants.

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. Chants of "shame" could be heard throughout the vote.

Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on United States law.

The rare procedural manoeuvre left Mr Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he would have had if Ms Murkowski and Mr Daines had both voted. The vote comes after Kavanaugh faced accusations of sexual misconduct from Ramirez and other women.

Mr. Trump compared Murkowski to Maine Sen.

They also challenged the veracity of some of his Judiciary Committee testimony.

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