After epic battle, Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as US Supreme Court justice

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The committee paused the nomination process for a week so the FBI could investigate.

Nearly as soon as Flake voted, he was out of the chamber, running along with Republican Mike Lee of Utah through the basement of the Capitol, across to the House side, past the room used for meetings of the House Republican Conference.

Brett Kavanaugh is finally a Supreme Court justice.

He emphatically denied the allegations, but they magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the sole member of his party to vote for the nominee.

Daines was willing to take a private jet immediately back to Washington if necessary to cast the deciding vote, but Murkowski - the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh - agreed to vote "Present" instead of "No" on the final vote, to neutralize the effect of Daines' absence and keep the two-vote margin for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

It drew the line under a bruising nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers - and by his fiery rebuttal. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), a Kavanaugh backer who was attending his daughter's wedding back home.

Collins said Saturday that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday that Kavanaugh's views are "deeply at odds with the progress America has made in the last century of jurisprudence and at odds with what most Americans believe".

Though she knew Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation would be high when she arrived Saturday, Piper said, she still felt a sense of optimism. Manchin and Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced they would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, along with Sen. Unlike Gorsuch - who replaced the far-right Justice Antonin Scalia - Kavanaugh is taking the place of a justice who was a less reliable vote for Republicans and could prove to be more dependably conservative than his predecessor.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his Senate colleagues while Vice President Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a "historic day for our country".

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The vote comes after weeks of unrest around the country after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by Palo Alto University professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, handsome speech". And they said Kavanaugh's record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.

Kavanaugh defended his actions, citing his previous 12 years as a District Court Judge in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Friday.

Meanwhile, Trump - himself no stranger to sexual misconduct allegations - praised the Senate for confirming his "GREAT NOMINEE" via Twitter.

Hours later, Kavanaugh, his family by his side, was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Hundreds of protesters gathered at the US Capitol on Saturday, October 6, with more expected for a planned afternoon march in opposition to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. This shift in the benefit of the doubt connected the Kavanaugh confirmation to the larger #MeToo movement, as the nation hears from sexual assault survivors coming forward with their experiences.

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