Democrats railed against the nomination in Senate floor speeches Friday night and Saturday morning, and protests opposing Kavanaugh are expected throughout the day on Saturday.
The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.
Key undecided senators - as well as congressional leaders - have been receiving the majority of the protests, in particular key remaining undecided senators Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin stated the White House and Senate Republicans blocked a full investigation by "not allowing the FBI to interview Dr. Blasey Ford, judge Kavanaugh and a number of witnesses who came forward publicly". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.
The bitterly divided Senate voted 51-49 to end the debate on nomination of Kavanaugh, 53, who has been nominated by Trump on the nine-member bench of the Supreme Court.
Another group of protesters occupying Manchin's office had tense but peaceful arguments with some Kavanaugh supporters. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.
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But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans. Susan Collins (R-ME) ensures that Kavanaugh, who is accused of sexual misconduct by several women, will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Court.
"Very proud of the US Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!" the president said on Twitter. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law previous year, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.
A US senator whose vote will be crucial to deciding Brett Kavanaugh's bid for a Supreme Court seat said on Friday she will support the nominee, all but ensuring he will sit on the highest USA court despite accusations of sexual misconduct against him. Both parties are hoping the bitter struggle will energise their most loyal voters to stream to the polls in less than five weeks, when Republican control of the House and perhaps the Senate is in play.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?" One woman made a poster showing Sen. Senators stood up in their chairs and voted, some of them loudly.
Asked about the #MeToo movement and her husband's recent comments about its potential impact on men, first lady Melania Trump weighed in on Kavanaugh's controversial nomination before Saturday's vote.
In a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Keith Koegler wrote that Ford told him in 2016, while they were watching their kids play together, that a federal court judge in Washington, D.C., had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him", he said.