Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

Opponents vow Sen. Collins will pay price for Kavanaugh vote

Fresh off the successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the vote showed the Senate "will not be intimidated" by what he called the "mob-like tactics" of protesters on Capitol Hill opposed to Kavanaugh.

Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.

"I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo worldwide trip to Africa. "I have to do what I think is right, and that's what I did", she told WCSH-TV.

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.

The Hawaii Democrat criticized Collins for her views in light of the Maine Republican's meetings with sexual assault survivors.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

While Kavanaugh has denied all allegation of sexual misconduct.

He was elevated from the lifetime appointment he already held as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

During a rally in MS last week, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she told lawmakers there were details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember. A total of 164 people were arrested in the protests, US Capitol Police said.

The Senate's confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh this weekend means the swing seat on the Supreme Court has been filled by someone about whom Americans are sharply divided.

The vote brought an end to the nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from Ford, who told a senate committee that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothing at a house party when they were both teenagers.

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and.

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

Though the fight to confirm Trump's pick is now official over, the impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation will have a lasting effect. But we didn't attack the nominee, we didn't go on a search and destroy mission'.

Fifty senators voted in favour, with 48 against, to appoint 53-year-old Mr Kavanaugh to the court for life. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop". I saw him rule in favor of criminal defendants who were unsympathetic.

Trump will host Kavanaugh at the White House for a public swearing-in ceremony on Monday, following Saturday's formal oath-taking at the high court. "What she was trying to do was what she thought was the right thing to do as a citizen, which is to provide the information to the U.S. Senate so they could make the most informed decision possible". We have to treat each with respect and dignity and a sense of amicability that the rest of the world doesn't always share, " Sotomayor said. "If they won't listen to our voices, then they'll listen to our vote".

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