Kavanaugh’s confirmation will help Republicans in midterm elections: McConnell

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The ceremony will take place at the court and will allow Kavanaugh to "begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately", a press release stated.

Protesters swarmed Washington, and rushed the steps of the Supreme Court to bang loudly on its bronze doors around the time Kavanaugh was set to be sworn in inside.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

The Senate voted 50-48 in favour of confirming Brett Kavanaugh's appointment following a week of drama, including an interruption of the final vote by protesters shouting 'Shame on you!' and 'I do not consent!'

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. Dianne Feinstein - possibly an erroneous reference to her bill to end family separations - before quickly calling her "Leaking Dianne Feinstein" and mocking her denial that she or her staff leaked a letter from Ford accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

They appeared to have counted on delaying the confirmation process so that if the Senate majority flips to their side in the November elections, they can block him and temper Trump's future nominations.

Yet Kavanaugh's path to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. But other accusations and rumors were circling as voting was delayed for an additional FBI investigation.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, said he, too, planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Despite pressure from the left and members of the #MeToo movement, U.S. Sen.

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

Ms. Murkowski was the only Republican who did not vote in favor of the nomination. But two other key senators, Senators Susan Collins of ME and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for cloture, with Collins indicating that she would announce her final decision on how to vote by 3 pm on Friday. Susan Collins said in her lengthy and decisive floor speech Friday afternoon. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.

His nomination was greeted by staunch protest in the District with thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters swarming Capitol Hill over the past week.

Several hundred protesters, a lot of them women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol.

Born on February 12, 1965, Kavanaugh grew up in a wealthy suburb of Washington DC and attended the elite Georgetown Prep boys' school.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

Butterfield - who served for a year on the North Carolina Supreme Court after then-Gov. McConnell extolled Kavanaugh as a "superstar, a serious scholar" who is "legendary for his preparation and possesses the qualifications, the temperament and judicial philosophy" to be a brilliant justice.

"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!" he tweeted. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge.

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them. The names of the senators were called one by one, with each senator standing to cast his or her vote.

He is replacing the long-serving Justice Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at the age of 81. Right now the court's docket is packed with cases that present interesting legal issues but are not the kind of high-profile disputes that we have seen in recent years.