Trump anticipates Senate win for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court | Trending

BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court | Trending

Trump also spoke with Vice President Pence, Sen. The chamber voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh, mostly along party lines, after a weeklong Federal Bureau of Investigation probe helped settle concerns among most wavering senators about the sexual assault allegations that almost derailed his nomination and led to a dramatic second hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 on party lines on September 28 to move Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

Mr Trump was flying to Kansas on Air Force One at the time of the vote, but was seen flashing a thumbs-up gesture when the result was announced.

Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

Controversy around the Kavanaugh nomination spiked when Christine Blasey Ford, a high school acquaintance of Kavanaugh's came forward with credible allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school. "The damage done today will be enduring-to the United States Supreme Court & to our country".

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box". Joe Manchin, D-WV, to vote, a protester yelled, "History is watching".

The 50-48 vote saw Senator Lisa Murkowski being the sole Republican to break ranks with the party, voting present. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police.

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh had gathered on Saturday on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.

Kavanaugh's confirmation cements a conservative majority on the high court, his opponents say.

"Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is United States senators who are deliberately ignoring his behaviour".

Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation was proceeding smoothly until multiple sexual assault allegations surfaced against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined grounds for impeachment.

Last week, Iowa's senior senator, Chuck Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, opened a second round of hearings for Kavanaugh.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards. That's barring a last-minute change of mind.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records. In 1861, nominee Jeremiah Black was defeated by a vote of 26-25.

The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Sen.

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie. "Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation is truly a low point for our great nation".

Here's what she tells reporters traveling with her in Egypt: "I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court".

But when asked whether she believed Ford, the first lady would not answer directly.

At a hearing marked by bitter partisan acrimony, Kavanaugh was forced to defend himself against an allegation of sexual assault dating back to when he was a teenager.

University of Iowa law professor Paul Gowder, who signed onto the letter, said he was surprised when he heard the testimony from Kavanaugh.

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?"

"There is a special place in hell for women who cover for rapists", she said in an email blast after the vote.

Tuesday's two Supreme Court cases involve prison sentences for repeat offenders.

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