US Senate confirms controversial judge Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

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He also criticized the protests on the steps of the Supreme Court.

In a vote on an issue that not only divided Democrats and Republicans but the entire United States of America, the US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge. With the confirmation, the court secured a rightward shift, one that will have ramifications for decades.

When Manchin's name was called and he announced his vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation, yells of "shame!" could be heard from the gallery and Pence momentarily suspended the vote a second time to ask for order to be restored.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact". Unlike Gorsuch - who replaced the far-right Justice Antonin Scalia - Kavanaugh is taking the place of a justice who was a less reliable vote for Republicans and could prove to be more dependably conservative than his predecessor.

The new profile of the court immediately makes Trump a consequential president, for all of the chaos and discord that rages around his White House, and means his legacy will include an achievement that eluded previous Republican presidents - all of whom had more authentic conservative credentials.

Some disrupted the vote in the Senate chambers.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to oppose the confirmation, but having paired her vote with the absent yes vote of Senator Steve Daines, it remained off of the official count. Steven Daines, considered a reliable Kavanaugh vote, would not have to fly back from his daughter's wedding today to cast his vote.

On Friday, the Senate had voted 51-49 to close the debate and to proceed to the confirmation vote itself on Saturday. "Women will not forget this".

"Brett Kavanaugh is a man of great character and intellect". "I don't know", said Trump, making fun of her performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein met privately with Kavanaugh many times, but she refused to bring up Ford's allegations.

A total of 164 people were arrested according to U.S. Capitol Police.

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"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".

"We disrupted the Senate proceedings", a follow-up tweet said.

At a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mimicked Ford's responses during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

At a hearing marked by bitter partisan acrimony, Kavanaugh was forced to defend himself against an allegation of sexual assault dating back to when he was a teenager.

Trump is expected to watch the vote play out from aboard Air Force One as he flies to Kansas.

"They managed to deliver the only thing we had not been able to figure out how to do, which is to get our folks fired up", McConnell said. Each of Ford's named eyewitnesses also denied any knowledge of a party involving Ford and Kavanaugh.

Since then, a different portrait of Kavanaugh emerged - that of someone who often drank to excess during his high school and college years and behaved obnoxiously.

"President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Bush said in a statement.

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups", Kavanaugh said.

Demonstrators held signs calling Kavanaugh a bad nominee because of sexual assault allegations against him and saying the selection process seemed to be biased against women.