Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs, and U.S. Capitol Police officers began arresting some of them.

Brett Kavanaugh is set to become the Supreme Court justice who inaugurates a conservative majority for a generation, after wavering Republicans closed ranks to give him sufficient votes for confirmation in a historic victory for President Donald Trump.

Manchin announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, in spite of "reservations" about the allegations and the nominee's temperament.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s. "Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

Two days ago, another NBC report detailed text messages between friends of Kavanaugh, Berchem and Karen Yarasavage, who also suggested Kavanaugh was contacting former classmates in an attempt to head off Ramirez's allegation before it went public.

"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in United States media. A final vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination is expected as early as 3:30 p.m. Saturday. "He's a good man, he's clearly a learned judge, but in my conscience, because that's how I have to vote at the end of the day, I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", she said.

Although she refused to admit whether she believed Ford's claims that Kavanaugh assaulted her, Melania said that she believed that Kavanaugh is "highly qualified" said she was 'glad Dr. Ford was heard'.

A procedural vote Friday made Saturday's confirmation a foregone conclusion.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican.

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"If you fail to stand up for the people of ME and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020", the campaign website reads. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he's replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on - two conservatives and two liberals.

Murkowski in contrast, defied her party and voted against advancing the nomination.

Murkowski said later she opposes Kavanaugh but will ask to be recorded as "present" during Saturday's confirmation vote to accommodate Republican Sen. Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and opinions, and it's very important to me I express what I feel'.

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote.

Republicans "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result", he added. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby. But when asked about the topic, Trump said she wished to discuss her trip and not her fashion choices.

Besides interviewing and talking to people who know Kavanaugh, Collins said she assembled a team of 19 attorneys to assist her in examining his judicial record.

"Therefore I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

"We are having funding, so we are helping the countries, and we are working hard for helping them, and we will continue to help", she said.

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