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Gerardo Duncan | 09 October, 2018, 05:32

The session was presided over by Pence. The Senate Judiciary Committee says the Federal Bureau of Investigation also interviewed two alleged eyewitnesses to the incident named by Ramirez and one of her college friends.

Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

"Judge Kavanaugh will be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice", said Sen.

Sophia Piper, a 16-year-old from Kavanaugh's hometown of Bethesda, Md., told Van Sant she chose to demonstrate against Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday "in support of all survivors who have told their stories and been met with disbelief from their parents, law enforcement, any other adult in power in their lives".

Mr Trump was flying to Kansas on Air Force One at the time of the vote, but was seen flashing a thumbs-up gesture when the result was announced.

The nomination process took a turn toward scandal at the end, when research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of holding her down and forcefully groping her at a high school party in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh, in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal article this week, said he regretted some of his comments.

Along with Jeff Flake of Arizona, Collins and Murkowski were considered to be the Republican senators most likely vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. But Republicans held the Senate and refused to hold hearings for Garland, saying that it should wait until after the 2016 election.

Kagan, known for her strategic mind, has an existing relationship with Kavanaugh. I believe her. I am ashamed at the Republican's treatment of Dr. Ford, and the rushed, incomplete investigation that came out of it. "Avenge her in November", he tweeted with artwork of Ford. Protesters began swarming Capitol Hill, creating a tense, confrontational atmosphere that put Capitol Police on edge.

Pumping their fists and carrying signs, a few hundred people climbed the east steps of the Capitol for the demonstration.

Ten law professors from Iowa opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation based on his combative testimony September 27, signing onto a letter signed by more than 2,400 legal scholars that was sent to the Senate Thursday. Citing the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and "the virtual mob that assaulted us in the course of this process", McConnell said "they've managed to deliver the only thing that we had not been able to figure out how to do, which was to get our folks fired up".

Several polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind, jumped after the Kavanaugh hearing last week. "The tactics have energized our base", he told the Washington Post. I thought it was really good.

Murkowski lost a primary battle in 2010 but was re-elected as a write-in candidate. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line yesterday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the accusations in sworn testimony.

And in a statement issued soon after Collins spoke, Manchin explained he was supporting Kavanaugh notwithstanding the "serious accusations" leveled against the judge and lingering questions about Kavanaugh's temperament.

"I liked beer, I still like beer", he said.

"We have to mourn the lack of seriousness the Senate showed toward credible allegations of sexual assault", said Sen. Collins was the key Republican vote for Kavanaugh that secured the confirmation.

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