Kavanaugh confirmed in narrow, party-line vote

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Speaking in Cairo on the tour's final leg, Trump praised her husband's Supreme Court choice, Brett Kavanaugh, and said she was glad he and his accuser had a chance to be heard following allegations of sexual assault prior to Saturday's Senate approval of his nomination.

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. And he has reason for a "yes" vote: Manchin, who voted for Gorsuch's confirmation, is up for reelection in a state that Trump won in 2016.

The senate now has up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time it could exhaust before a final vote takes place. Like so many Americans, I'm deeply disappointed in Senator Collins' vote for Kavanagh.

After his scheduled hearing last month, Judge Kavanaugh was embroiled in a major controversy when a professor from California, Christine Blasey Ford, alleged that she was assaulted by him when they were both teenagers in 1982. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

This mutual friend was identified to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Deborah Ramirez as a witness to the sexual misconduct Kavanaugh allegedly committed against her at a college party in which he shoved his genitals in her face.

Democrats said Kavanaugh would push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump should the president encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign.

The vote occurred shortly before 4 p.m.

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?"

"They managed to deliver the only thing we had not been able to figure out how to do, which is to get our folks fired up", McConnell said.

The Maine Republican was one of only two undecided senators after a procedural vote narrowly advanced the nomination Friday morning.

Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed.

Of the four politicians who had not revealed their decisions until Friday - all moderates - Republican senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake voted yes, as did Democrat Joe Manchin. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". The Supreme Court says he will be sworn in later Saturday.

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them. That was the day's first GOP victory in the spellbinding battle that's been fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and stalwart conservative support for Trump.

They said he also seemed ready to rule for Mr Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.

The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Sen.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against moving forward and said she will not support Kavanaugh in the final vote.

Though Collins certainly understood the seriousness of Dr. Ford's claims and said she believed Ford's contention that something happened to her, the senator noted that the evidence does not support Kavanaugh's guilt.

The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September.