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The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48.

The investigation was granted by Republican leaders, and on October 5, Senators voted 51-49 to end the debate and go forward with the confirmation vote. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democrat expected to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Sen.

Despite her opposition to Kavanaugh, Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who was attending his daughter's wedding in Montana.

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.

After Bush became president, he recruited Kavanaugh to become his legal counsel before naming him in 2003 to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seen as the second most important court after the Supreme Court.

"A vote confirm Judge Kavanaugh today is also a vote to send a clear message about what the Senate is". He has repeatedly praised Kavanaugh as an excellent jurist.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh returns from a break in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. Republicans called it "very thorough", while Democrats said the report "looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation". The letter criticized Kavanaugh's temperament during questioning about Ford's allegations.

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.

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Moran said he reviewed the FBI's most recent background investigation and said no witnesses interviewed by the FBI corroborated the allegations against Kavanaugh. They chanted, "Vote them out!"

Controversy around the Kavanaugh nomination spiked when Christine Blasey Ford, a high school acquaintance of Kavanaugh's came forward with credible allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school.

The quick swearing-in enables Kavanaugh to begin work immediately in advance of arguments at the court Tuesday.

The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881, when Stanley Matthews, President James Garfield's pick, sealed a 24 to 23 win.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry. Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn.

Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.