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US President Donald Trump scored a political victory when the Senate voted by a razor thin margin to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee who battled last-minute accusations of sexual assault while a teenager in high school 36 years ago, as the Supreme Court Justice.

Despite pressure from the left and members of the #MeToo movement, U.S. Sen.

"On the unfair way Merrill Garland was treated, Susan Collins was silent", King wrote, presumably referring to Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2016 by Barack Obama, and whom the Senate refused to hold a hearing or vote for. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted with the Republicans despite "reservations" about Kavanaugh's character and the accusations against him.

President Trump said in an exclusive interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro that he was "shocked" to see Alaska Republican Sen.

Flake, whose term ends in 2018, decided not to run for re-election.

Protesters could be heard shouting in the Senate chamber as Vice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote. "And we really have become even more so than ever before the party of opportunity and wealth".

Trump and the Republicans said the probe supported their contention that Ford's allegations were "uncorroborated", but Democrats - and Ford - said the investigation was inadequate.

It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

Trump personally thanked several Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham ("who did such a great job"), Charles Grassley, Mitch McConnell, and Susan Collins.

His ascent to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt last week after university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a Washington area gathering in the early 1980s. "But then I found out he was a fraud - he never went to Vietnam", he said.

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Warren is using the Kavanaugh confirmation as a main talking point as she considers a run for president in 2020.

Mass arrests took place yesterday as the police apprehended crowds of people protesting the confirmation of the controversial Judge Kavanaugh.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

Protesters swarmed Washington, and rushed the steps of the Supreme Court to bang loudly on its bronze doors around the time Kavanaugh was set to be sworn in inside. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, chanting, "November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors".

"You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that's what they've become", he said.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. He expressed empathy for sexual assault victims, but said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution". Kavanaugh denied the accusations.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

The last minute ambush of Kavanaugh was done with an eye on the upcoming elections by the Democrats, who hoped the battle would reinvigorate their base.

In a symbol of the deep division over Kavanaugh's nomination, Collins' closest colleague and the only other remaining Republican centrist in the Senate, Lisa Murkowski, bucked her party and voted against the nominee on Friday.

I also thank Judge Kavanaugh's family for remaining strong in what has been a hard time personally, they all reflect the character of true public service.


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