Trump praises Collins for support of Kavanaugh: 'Susan was incredible'

Emily Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer were arrested on Thursday

The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized national conversation in the US after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago allegations he emphatically denied. "We stood up for the presumption of innocence". Prominent protesters, including Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski, were arrested with almost 300 others last week on Capitol Hill. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary. Republicans called it "very thorough", while Democrats said the report "looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation".

On Friday the Senate voted along party lines to remove the last obstacle to holding a decisive vote this weekend.

Kavanaugh's confirmation had already been all but sealed Friday, when he won the support of key Senate Republican Susan Collins and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin.

Murkowski announced Friday that she would be pairing her vote with Daines as a professional courtesy and a gesture of goodwill.

In the sketch, Beck Bennett's Mitch McConnell said, 'Everyone's pumped - from white men over 60 to white men over 70'. "The United States Senate confirmed a risky and deeply flawed nominee only by breaking all the rules".

It represents the culmination of a decades-long project by the conservative movement to construct a like-minded majority on the Supreme Court which has been a defining and unifying cause in successive congressional and presidential campaigns. "Women will not forget this". Soon after that strategy took hold, Democrats blocked conservative lawyer Miguel Estrada from an appellate court seat because they said he did not answer their questions about his ideology.

Kavanaugh's nomination became an intense personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

Since then, the country watched agape as one electric moment after another gushed forth. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".

All the while, crowds of demonstrators - mostly Kavanaugh opponents - ricocheted around the Capitol's grounds and hallways, raising tensions, chanting slogans, interrupting lawmakers' debates, confronting senators and often getting arrested.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion. "Big day for America!" he tweeted.

Saturday's confirmation is seen as a clear win for President Donald Trump in his efforts to further push the court to the right.

Kavanaugh sought to quell concerns over his judicial restraint in an op-ed published late Thursday in the conservative editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal.

But that near-certainty did not stop protesters from gathering outside the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court early Saturday. One woman said that in high school, Kavanaugh attended parties where groups of boys would rape girls (though she didn't say she'd witnessed Kavanaugh himself committing rape).

The speakers exhorted the overwhelmingly anti-Kavanaugh crowd to take their anger to midterm voting booths on November 6.

Trump responded: "Well, there were a lot of things happening that weren't correct, they weren't true and there were a lot of things that were left unsaid".

Minority Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Kavanaugh did not belong on the bench as he had "obscured his views to the American people", "repeatedly misled the Senate" and delivered one of the "bitterest and most partisan testimonies ever presented by a nominee".

Reaction against Collins's decision to support Kavanaugh was swift. That is a state that President Donald Trump won by a very large margin - by more than 40 percentage point, in fact.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

The Senate ultimately voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh Saturday afternoon following a contentious confirmation battle.

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