McConnell: Kavanaugh deserved an up-or-down vote

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Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.

Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey and Time's Up are among those reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday.

Kavanaugh's confirmation means the nine-justice court now has a solid 5-4 conservative majority that is likely to move the court further to the right as it rules on contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, transgender rights, industry regulation and presidential powers.

Collins says while she believes Ford was assaulted, "I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when".

Collins, who provided a critical "yes" vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday, said when other lawmakers took issue with the judge's emotional denial of the allegations, she put herself "in his shoes." .

In outlining her argument, Collins argued that while she believes that Ford, who testified last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, "is a survivor of a sexual assault", she does not believe that the allegation was corroborated.

"I do not believe Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant".

After Blasey Ford's story became public, other accusations against Kavanaugh followed, including a claim by Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale College, that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her at a party in a dorm room there.

Critics have objected to Kavanaugh over his sexual assault allegations, as well as his record and statements that have been widely regarded as partisan. With Kavanaugh on the bench, Clement said, "I'm not sure there will be one".

He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the midterm elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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.

Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.

Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, who rarely gets political on social media, addressed a message to Christine Blasey Ford.

Republicans confirmed Kavanaugh without Murkowski's help, thanks to the support of her close friend and fellow centrist, Senator Susan Collins. But two other key senators, Senators Susan Collins of ME and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for cloture, with Collins indicating that she would announce her final decision on how to vote by 3 pm on Friday.

Some Democrats in the House of Representatives have indicated Kavanaugh could face investigations or even potential impeachment if they win majorities in the House and possibly the Senate. That rare procedural maneuver left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted.

His nomination was greeted by staunch protest in the District with thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters swarming Capitol Hill over the past week.

Demonstrators protest against Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court.

Senators are expected to be there in force from 15:30 in the lead-up to the vote.

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".

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening in Washington.

The moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.

The ideological tilt of the court hung in the balance, and a Republican president pushed hard with a conservative nominee that led to the most politically charged confirmation hearings in a generation, including intimate questions about the nominee's personal life.

"Yeah, please move to SC", the senator fired back after the protester said she will vote him "out of office".