Kavanaugh confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court justice

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked fierce protests

Manuel Balce CenetaKavanaugh's nomination sparked fierce protests

President Donald Trump said Friday he is "very proud" that the Senate has cleared the way to hold a vote on Kavanaugh. They chanted, "Vote them out!" "I have voted no". As a group, they busted through police barricades and took up residence on the Capitol Building's east steps.

Also on Friday, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she plans to vote no on Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump however appeared to rub salt into the wound of many by tweeting his congratulations. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. If a simple majority of the upper chamber votes in favor, the Senate will be able to advance to a final confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

Jayme Zovko, a pro-Kavanaugh demonstrator from Pittsburgh, told Van Sant that she supports Kavanaugh because of his judicial record and her belief that "he'll be neutral in his decisions".

- Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 6, 2018To survivors in CT & around the nation: I know this day is especially painful for you, but please know that we stand with you.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid".

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With divisive cases on abortion rights, immigration, transgender rights and business regulation headed for the court, Kavanaugh likely would give conservatives the upper hand.

The confirmation follows weeks of discord over Kavanaugh's nomination after Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh were made public.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended most of the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him.

He also said Mr Trump had "stooped to new depths" in mocking the testimony of Mr Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Gonzaga law professors Ann Murphy, Jane Korn and Mary Pat Treauthart said they found Kavanaugh's anger and response to senators' questions troubling. She said he was a "fine man" but was not the right person "for the court at this time".

Following the claims, Kavanaugh said in a statement: 'I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. The move did not impact the overall outcome of the vote, but it allowed for the margin to be the same as it would have been if Daines had been there to participate and prevented a situation where Daines would have to fly back Saturday to cast a vote to ensure the result.

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As the debate entered its final hours, the divisions between Republicans and Democrats festered. She said she believes Ford's allegations could have been investigated "thoroughly" without her having to come forward publicly.

Democratic Senator Edward Markey countered, saying Kavanaugh has been a "rubber stamp for a far right-wing agenda". "We always do", the Majority Leader said. We heard belligerence. We heard evasiveness.

Polls have suggested a recent surge in enthusiasm from Mr Trump's base as the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to America's top court became increasingly heated.

In a floor speech later on Friday, Murkowski expressed sympathy for both Ford and Kavanaugh.

This vote means that the Senate can proceed to the actual confirmation vote on Saturday.

In a procedural vote Friday, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate and send the nomination to the full Senate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. "On average, any woman in the United States Senate, whether they're on Judiciary or any other committee, probably works harder than the average man", he declared.

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