Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court amid protests

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is estimated to have 51 senators who will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

"At the Senate hearings on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land", the letter reads.

Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a "smear" campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice.

Following the accusations, both Ford and Kavanaugh gave emotional testimonies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Flake said that while he would vote yes in the committee, he wanted the Senate to delay its floor vote so the Federal Bureau of Investigation could reopen its background check into Kavanaugh.

A large crowd has gathered on the steps of the USA capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The 85-year-old senator, whose efforts to shield Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from allegations of sexual assault, perjury, and extreme partisan bias paid off on Friday, later tried to walk his comment all the way back and say the opposite. Others said they believed Ford was sexually assaulted by someone, but that it couldn't have been Kavanaugh.

Media captionDonald Trump's nominee has been embroiled in a bitter battle over sexual assault allegations. "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him", he said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 on party lines on September 28 to move Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. "It will not change the outcome of the vote" Murkowski said on the Senate floor on Friday night. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), plus Democratic Sen.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

With Republicans controlling the chamber by a narrow 51-49, Collins' "yes" vote essentially assured a minimum of 50 votes for Kavanaugh. The three women now serving on the Court were all nominated by Democratic presidents, and Grassley voted against two of them.

That is because U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana will not be in attendance if there is a Saturday vote because he will be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

The senator said she spoke with Judge Kavanaugh in her office for two hours, an additional hour on the phone and dozens of her own constituents before making her decision.

Investigators did not interview Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, the research psychiatrist who alleged he attempted to rape her when the two were teenagers in the early 1980s.

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