US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Their vote, which was paired because Daines could not attend, maintains the same two-vote margin and does not change the outcome. But the outrage over Kavanaugh has emboldened "complacent" Republicans, O'Connell said.

Following the claims, Kavanaugh said in a statement: 'I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

The monthslong battle over the nomination has roiled American passions - the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests in the gallery - but handed Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency. The Maine lawmaker on the Senate floor Friday announced that she would be supporting Kavanaugh's confirmation.

During her whistlestop five-hour stay, the US First Lady met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife, first lady Entissar Mohameed Amer, before heading to the nearby city of Giza to see the pyramids and Sphinx where she highlighted US-backed preservation efforts there.

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he said. "If he were present and voting, he would have voted aye", Murkowski said during the roll call vote. "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

Those passions were on full display in a fight that could energize both parties' voters in elections for control of Congress just five weeks away.

A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett?) who said "Republicans read the mood of the country and we could tell they really wanted Kavanaugh".

Protesters railed against Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in the week leading up to the final vote Saturday. And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers.

President Trump said he is "100 percent" certain that Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in testimony during his Supreme Court nomination hearings.

Protesters chanted "Shame" at Manchin later when he talked to reporters outside his office.

Three female GOP senators - Jodi Ernst of Iowa, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS, sat directly behind Collins as she spoke.

McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the "mob" of opposition confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Mr. Kavanaugh's confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party chances this fall. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby.

Beck called the speech "disgusting" and dismissed the notion that Collins had been a swing vote.

"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.

However, the Manchin, Collins and Flake coalition would be enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they actually follow through on how they are saying they are going to vote.

The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48.

Deeply coloring the day's events was a burning resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska shortly after Murkowski voted "no" on advancing to a final vote.

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