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Richard Shelby, Alabama's senior senator, voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those claims were similar to those lodged against Brett Kavanaugh.

The U.S. Senate on Saturday afternoon confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court by a slim majority, which included Sen.

Protesters shouted "I do not consent" during the roll call vote on Kavanaugh.

Republicans "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history, slanting the table from the very beginning to produce their desired result", he added.

Wealthy donors are spending heavily to help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., retain the GOP's hold on the Senate.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

Trump tweeted shortly after the vote that Kavanaugh would be sworn in Saturday.

The 53-year-old justice's wife, children and parents were in attendance.

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. Only the 24-23 vote to confirm Stanley Matthews in 1881 was closer.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions. This is now a Supreme Court by and for the corporate right. "But we need to take that anger, focus like a laser beam on the elections in 2018".

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Since then, the country watched agape as one electric moment after another gushed forth. People on the steps of the Capitol chanted "vote them out!" and "the whole world is watching", messages that at times met with jeers and boos from others in the crowd.

"It is a big day", he said.

At stake in the confirmation battle over Kavanaugh were hot-button issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage that are likely to come before the court. And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers.

In a sign of the tense mood at the Capitol, Republican Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas was interrupted twice by yelling from protesters in the Senate gallery, which is open to visitors. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

A few hours before the vote, demonstrators shouted "November is coming!" and "Vote them out!" I also found the subsequent Federal Bureau of Investigation report to be thorough.

"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., moments after his office released a statement Friday announcing that he, long viewed as a possible swing vote, was going to vote in support of Kavanaugh. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

"Sexual assault is a serious problem in our society and victims must be heard".

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Sen.

In outlining her argument, Collins argued that while she believes that Christine Blasey 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.