Trump Sticks By His Man: Judge Kavanaugh Becomes a Justice

Watch live: Final Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Watch live: Final Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination

"I don't believe Judge Kavanaugh's temperament is consistent with someone who has the honor to serve on the Supreme Court".

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and received continued backing from the president as well as vast protest from opponents.

The message came minutes after the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh, 50-48. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is opposed, but says she will vote "present" as a courtesy to another Republican who will be absent for his daughter's wedding. "Just because I support him does not mean I don't support that idea that women should be listened to", Zovko said.

Trump also mentioned that he spoke to Collins, but did not provide additional details.

Kavanaugh and his wife were seen in a black SUV entering the Supreme Court to be sworn in. Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath.

For now, the work of the Supreme Court can continue with its nine seats filled.

"People have thought that for 10 years", Trump said as he left the White House for a rally in Kansas.

But it was not only Senators divided along ideological lines in this controversial vote. The session was presided over by Pence. Anita Hill. Faced with the similar optics of an all-male panel interviewing a female accuser, the Senate Judiciary Committee brought in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell as Investigative Counsel.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Kavanaugh's confirmation "a low moment for the Senate, the court, and the country" and said of Kavanaugh, "He doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench".

Two other women also alleged sexual misconduct by the conservative Kavanaugh.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact". "I want to thank the mob, because they've done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base".

Kavanaugh's nomination hearings were rocked by university professor Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that he sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were both high school students.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate "stood up for presumption of innocence" by confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in United States media.

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

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs.

Adding to the drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you", briefly interrupted the start of the final confirmation vote on Saturday afternoon.

Several polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind, jumped after the Kavanaugh hearing last week.

"This has all really helped me, No. 1, unify my conference, and No. 2, underscore the significance of the Senate", the Kentucky Republican said.

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

Murkowski lost a primary battle in 2010 but was re-elected as a write-in candidate.

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes. Susan Collins, R-Maine, whose announcement on Friday that she would support Kavanaugh sealed the deal for the GOP. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as Democrats denounced what they said was a truncated Federal Bureau of Investigation review of allegations leveled against Kavanaugh. Susan Collins of ME for her speech Friday in support of Kavanaugh, reports CBS News.

"I hope people vote", Frank said.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court. "... Judge Kavanaugh was so upset he was not thinking of his appearance".

Ford's attorneys said their client has no regrets.

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