Trump Announces Kavanaugh Will be Sworn In on Saturday

Two demonstrators console each other while standing outside the office of Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz

Two demonstrators console each other while standing outside the office of Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people.

Elizabeth Warren, who voted against Kavanaugh yesterday along with U.S. Sen.

A devout Catholic, Kavanaugh is expected to entrench conservative control of the court for a generation, as he becomes Trump's second appointment to the nation's highest judicial body.

He said "radical Democrats" have become "an angry, left-wing mob" and "too unsafe and extreme to govern". She then voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination and has said that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh' during the full Senate's confirmation vote on Saturday.

Vice President Mike Pence had to call the room to order after protesters broke in at the start of the vote, shouting "shame on you".

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to", Collins said.

What has Mr Trump said? "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy".

And he urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.

"She gave an impassioned, handsome speech yesterday". She didn't stop. And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her.

Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

Democrats had never been particularly happy with Kavanaugh, who was a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

On September 28, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

The nomination laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America, ahead of the midterm Congressional elections set for November 6.

Believes presidents should be protected from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits: As NPR reported in July, after he was part of the Starr investigation during the Clinton administration, Kavanaugh came to believe that, during their time in office, presidents should be protected from criminal investigations, as well as civil lawsuits.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, dismissed the prospect of lingering bitterness among senators. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby. The names of the senators were called one by one, with each senator standing to cast his or her vote.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.

Ms. Murkowski voted "present" at Saturday's Senate vote, saying she "could not conclude that he was right person for the court at this time".

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh had gathered on Saturday on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court. "And that is hard". One woman said that in high school, Kavanaugh attended parties where groups of boys would rape girls (though she didn't say she'd witnessed Kavanaugh himself committing rape). Murkowski said she'd use an obscure procedure that lets one senator offset the absence of another without affecting the outcome. Similarly, Flake suggested he would vote "yes" for Kavanaugh "unless something big changes".

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, urged Americans who were dissatisfied with the confirmation to go to the polls in November and "vote". That reflected Democrats' lasting umbrage over Republicans' 2016 refusal to even consider Merrick Garland, Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent. But each of those cases has been carefully chose to protect the court's integrity from challenges that the conservatives are helping the political party they are affiliated with.

The first was brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of assaulting her at a party in high school.

Trump has repeatedly sided with men accused of sexual misconduct and has warned of the dangers false accusations pose to men - even though research has shown false accusations to be extremely rare.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts shortly after the vote.

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