Explained: Five norms challenged by Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

Explained: Five norms challenged by Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

Explained: Five norms challenged by Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

After months of contentious battles on Capitol Hill, which included numerous last-minute and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct, the USA senate approved Kavnauagh's nomination in a narrow vote Saturday that fell down party lines.

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6.

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

Four senators were considered "swing" votes: Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, as well as Democrat Sen.

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

NPR's Scott Detrow reported that as of around 1 p.m. ET Saturday, some protesters had broken through barriers set up in front of the Capitol and had made it as far as the main plaza and steps, where police began to slowly remove people one by one.

The US Senate on Saturday narrowly confirmed Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, capping a tumultuous confirmation process marked by partisan rancour, tearful testimony and allegations of sexual assault and bad faith.

Bush and his wife Laura, stood by Kavanaugh after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982.

But the supplemental FBI investigation was flawed from the beginning with Republicans limiting who agents could speak to and what evidence they could gather to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, including refusing to let agents interview Ford.

Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.

The US Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, after weeks of rancorous debate.

Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired earlier this year.

He accuses Democrats of doing "everything in their power" to make Kavanaugh's nomination about something other than his judicial record and qualifications.

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen.

Brett Kavanaugh is finally a Supreme Court justice. That rare procedural manoeuvr left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted.

The judge, who is a darling of the Republican and libertarian organisation the Federalist Society, has been the subject of a host of sexual assault allegations since being nominated by U.S. president Donald Trump. "The demons shrieking in the Senate Gallery know their time is short", he quipped.

With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

Amid tighter-than-usual security, hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh assembled on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories. A second accuser, Debbie Ramirez, also came forward with her own allegations against Kavanaugh. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Judiciary Committee, argued on the floor, "This investigation found no hint of misconduct".

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