GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Demonstrators protest US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh near the US Capitol

Protesters flooded the capital in the days ahead of the vote, and clashed with Republican lawmakers in an effort to sway their votes, and initially appeared to have some success.

Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, both regarded as swing votes, said they would support Kavanaugh.

The moderate ME senator expressed her outrage at organizations that forcefully opposed Kavanaugh before even copy-and-pasting his name into their material and Democrats who announced their intention to end Kavanaugh's nomination before hearing a word of testimony.

The Maine senator has been seen as a key swing vote in the confirmation of Kavanaugh.

His confirmation will tilt the Supreme Court further toward conservatives potentially for decades to come. Instead, "It's turned our base on fire", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters. That rare procedural maneuver left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted. You do not get to say you believe her, but not that part.

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Jocelyn Sigue was one of a number of visitors who wrote a note about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to Sen.

Vice President Mike Pence, who could have broken a 50-50 tie, watched the vote from the White House.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearings". But Kavanaugh's backers said the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find evidence to corroborate Ford's accusations. Democrats belittled the bureau's findings, saying agents constrained by the White House hadn't reached out to numerous other people with potentially important information.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

"I have been alarmed and disturbed that unless the Kavanaugh nomination is rejected, that the Senate [is] condoning sexual assault".

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APChristine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington , Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. She told reporters travelling with her in Egypt: "I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court ". "And that is hard".


Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

Demonstrators protest the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". They said he also seemed ready to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court. The most prominent allegation was from California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who said that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party.

Yet Kavanaugh's pathway to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. "I don't believe the facts show it was Brett Kavanaugh", said Manchin.

Two women have now accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual assault when he younger.

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With 50 senators voting "yes" and 48 senators voting "no", Kavanaugh was confirmed with a almost party-line vote and one of the narrowest margins ever. He angrily accused Democrats of a "search and destroy" mission, fueled by their hatred of Trump.

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