Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

In a procedural vote that handed Republicans an initial victory, senators voted 51-49 Friday to limit debate and keep the nomination alive, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle it with endless delays.

Trump scored a clear win in his drive to cement conservative dominance of the High Court, a bitter outcome for Democrats who could not get their own liberal nominee confirmed because of Republican delaying tactics in 2016.

He was being sworn in nearly immediately on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts.

This vote means that the Senate can proceed to the actual confirmation vote on Saturday. She added: "This behaviour revealed a hostility and a belligerence that is unbecoming someone seeking to be elevated to the United States Supreme Court". Police stood guard at the doors.

Kavanaugh's confirmation comes a little less than three weeks after Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s.

On Friday, announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made Saturday's confirmation vote an anticlimactic formality.

Representatives for Ford argued that Republicans were trying to undermine her credibility just hours before Kavanaugh's confirmation. According to CNN, Former Justice John Paul Stevens said to a crowd on Thursday that there was merit to the criticism that "Kavanaugh has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential (litigation) before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities".

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.

Trump is seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court. As I've said previously, my job is to assess the facts before us and the fact remains that no evidence exists to support the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Ford alleges that Kavanaugh pinned her down at a party and held a hand over her mouth to muffle her screams while he tried to take her clothes off.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".

But Manchin said little Thursday and Friday to indicate what his final vote would be, after studying the Federal Bureau of Investigation report addressing allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the nominee.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted "present", offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter's wedding.

His confirmation would also allow Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the November 6 congressional elections bragging that he has kept his 2016 promise to mould a more conservative American judiciary.

Brett Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended 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.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearings". "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election". Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

The final vote was 50-48 and interrupted several times by protesters as senators sat silent at their desks for the formal roll call vote.

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  • Rogelio Becker