Senate votes Friday in first step to possible Kavanaugh confirmation

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Protesters fill the stairs at the east steps of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as an associate judge of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Minority Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Kavanaugh did not belong on the bench as he had "obscured his views to the American people", "repeatedly misled the Senate" and delivered one of the "bitterest and most partisan testimonies ever presented by a nominee". See photos and video.

The Maine senator spoke with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME and red state Democratic Sen.

Senator Manchin, who is up for re-election in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Trump won by a landslide, told the Senate moments later he "found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

Kavanaugh denied all of the allegations, alternating between crying, yelling and interrupting Senate committee members as they pressed him on Ford's story.

Ford also understands that the accusations have been hard on Kavanaugh and his family, Banks said.

Activists protest at the U.S. Capitol before the vote for Brett Kavanaugh to become a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

"I will move on that", Trump said Saturday when reporters asked her in Egypt whether she believed Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

On Thursday, about 300 protesters, including sexual assault victims, were arrested after staging demonstrations on Capitol Hill opposing Kavanaugh, chanting "Believe survivors".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the actions of Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have tarnished the dignity of the upper chamber.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

"The four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred", she said.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest. This was a cloture vote, ending floor debate on the nomination. As I've said previously, my job is to assess the facts before us and the fact remains that no evidence exists to support the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh.

At the confirmation, Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, declared, "Judge Kavanaugh has been tested by fire and proved himself to be everything and more than we had expected".

Some screams could be heard in the gallery ahead of the vote, with Vice President Mike Pence calling for order to be restored.

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