'Big win for Trump' as Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to supreme court

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Right before the vote, McConnell said on the floor he hoped to move beyond "This brief, dark chapter in the Senate's history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow". The ceremony took place in the room where the justices meet for their private conferences. "If he does not get it, they will portray this as a political hit-job to try and get Trump's base out", Jeanne Zaino, a professor or political science at Iona College in NY, told The Independent. "Dr. Ford's goal here was never to impact the process to derail a nomination", attorney Lisa Banks said on All Things Considered. Following the accusations, both Ford and Kavanaugh gave emotional testimonies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump, seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court, said on Saturday before the vote that Kavanaugh would do "great, great" job there. "They thought he's just an extraordinary person, a great talent and I think he's going to make us all very proud".

A few hundred protesters are gathering outside the Capitol before the vote. Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

Mr Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 during a historic roll call vote in the Senate chamber.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards.

As dawn broke, Sen. This is his second confirmed nomination for the US Supreme Court.

Despite intense pressure from anti-Kavanaugh protesters, Sen.

When Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!"

In a twist, Murkowski voted "present" Saturday as a courtesy to Republican Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines, who was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in Montana.

Both parties bemoaned a broken confirmation process - albeit for different reasons - that could have a lasting effect on the Senate and further inflame a nation already polarised by tribal politics amid the cultural reckoning of the #MeToo era.

Manchin, Collins and Murkowski all chatted together.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) joined Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh. Sen.

Kavanaugh's now 53 years old, which means he likely has decades as a justice ahead of him.

His pedigree as a Washington insider is unmatched.

Justice Stevens' condemnation: Former Justice John Paul Stevens spoke out against Kavanaugh's confirmation Thursday, in a rare moment of political speech from a retired justice.

On July 9, President Trump announced during a primetime address from the East Room of the White House that he was nominating Judge Kavanaugh, who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006.

Trump pushed through Neil Gorsuch in 2017, more than a year after the death of conservative lion Antonin Scalia. Judge Kavanaugh has undergone seven FBI investigations including one specifically reviewing the last-minute allegations.

And they said Mr Kavanaugh's record and testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.

While Republicans rallied behind the judge, Democrats said Kavanaugh's elevation to the Supreme Court was a mistake.

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen. Neither Ford nor Kavanaugh appeared.

A town house near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins flew the flag of her home state ME upside down to protest her backing of Kavanaugh.