Kavanaugh poised to win confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon

Fred Schilling  Fred Schilling Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Fred Schilling Fred Schilling Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes western Wilson County, Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding had not released a statement as of 5:30 p.m.

As senators cast their final votes on Kavanaugh's future, large protests erupted outside.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court on 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.

At the same hearing, Kavanaugh vehemently denied Ford's allegation.

More importantly though, it was the Democrats who in 2013 set the wheels in motion of what is now an entirely partisan judicial confirmation process when they invoked the so called nuclear option and abolished the 60-vote rule that practically ensured that nominations could only be passed with significant bipartisan support.

"I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo worldwide trip to Africa.

The Supreme Court battle has washed over the campaign in a way that no single issue has before, drowning out topics Democrats want to talk about (healthcare) or the ones Republicans are pushing (tax cuts and a rosy economy).

"Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

McConnell, in two news show interviews, tried to distinguish between President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the GOP-run Senate consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

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

On Friday, the Senate voted 51-49 to move Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to a final vote, which took place Saturday afternoon.

"I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday. I was assaulted when I was younger and I didn't tell anybody". Ms Jessica Campbell-Swanson, 35, proclaimed to Agence France-Presse after raising a defiant fist and then coming down from the lap of the large marble Contemplation of Justice statue in front of the Supreme Court.

Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

During a campaign rally in MS, the president mocked Ford for not remembering key details of the alleged attack, including the date and location of the party she says she and Kavanaugh attended 36 years ago. "Anybody watching her testimony would know, I would say, would conclude that she was being very truthful", Hirono said.

As much as Kavanaugh's controversial confirmation might have polarized, it might also up midterm voter turnout about 20 percent - something that could be seen as beneficial to Democrats in their bid to retake control of Congress.

Flake and Collins voted in favour of Kavanaugh's confirmation, while Murkowski opposed it but asked to be recorded as "present".

"The people the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed. all said that they have no recollection", Hirono said.

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