US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice

US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice

She then voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination and has said that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh' during the full Senate's confirmation vote on Saturday.

Several recent polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind Democrats, jumped after a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of thrusting his penis in her face at a party when they were both students at Yale, said watching senators back the embattled judge made her feel like she was back at university.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, mocked Democrats and warned that a vote against Kavanaugh based on uncorroborated accusations would dangerously erode "the ideals of justice that have served our nation so well for so long".

"I found her testimony to be honest, painful and compelling". They said he also seemed too ready to rule for Trump in a possible federal court case against the president.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said. In the end, there was indeed a two-vote margin, the closest nomination vote since 1881.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans dismissed sexual assault accusations against the conservative judge and delivered a major victory to President Donald Trump.

In an angry rebuttal later that day, Kavanaugh said the accusations were part of a "political hit" by Democrats.

As the clock ticked down to a final vote, Republican and Democratic senators continued to give floor speeches debating the nomination. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, chanting, "November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors".

Trump tweeted: "The crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is tiny, looks like about 200 people (& most are onlookers) - that wouldn't even fill the first couple of rows of our Kansas Rally, or any of our Rallies for that matter!"

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Kavanaugh's upcoming confirmation, expected to be announced on Saturday evening, follows weeks of the Trump nominee defending himself against allegations of sexual assault and misconduct from a number of women.

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen.

What was said in the Senate?

During the rally, the president also accused Democrats of supporting sanctuary cities and of wanting to strip funding from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"Shame! Shame! Shame!" one of them screamed.

Kavanaugh gets at least 51 "yes" voes and he's confirmed. He led Trump's commission that investigated voter fraud - ultimately failing to uncover evidence to back the President's claims.

She and the other lawyers on the team have complained about the Senate's handling of her allegation, and about the FBI's quick investigation into it. Agents did not find any corroboration, though Ms. Blasey Ford's team says they didn't talk to enough people.

Kavanaugh responded Thursday night, on the eve of Friday's vote, with an extraordinary opinion article in The Wall Street Journal.

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday.

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