George W. Bush made several calls reassuring Collins about Kavanaugh

George W. Bush made several calls reassuring Collins about Kavanaugh

The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate". One Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, voted "present" although she said she opposed the nomination.

Senators are expected to be there in force from 15:30 in the lead-up to the vote. Why, now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, stop pursuing the allegations altogether, especially if they are true? Elizabeth Warren, who voted against Kavanaugh yesterday along with U.S. Sen.

At the end of her solo trip to Africa, Melania Trump spoke to reporters in Egypt about numerous topics outside of her fashion choices.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening in Washington.

Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Supreme Court says he will be sworn in later Saturday.

A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a special sitting of the court at a later date.

By a vote of 50-48, the deeply-divided Senate gave the lifetime job to Kavanaugh (53) after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, alcohol abuse and his angry response to the allegations that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6. The session was presided over by Pence.

"They're going to go to the polls and vote differently". "Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate".

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, dismissed the prospect of lingering bitterness among senators. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law past year, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

The White House has denied that Trump was mocking Ford - press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week that Trump was merely "stating the facts". "I'm really proud of my members for not knuckling under to those kind of mob-like tactics".

Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination
Confirmation would be a crowning achievement for Trump, his conservative base and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Inside the Senate chamber Friday, lawmakers gathered to consider Brett Kavanaugh's controversial nomination to Supreme Court.

Still, it was a close-run thing: Kavanaugh's nomination was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, which sparked uproar and forced Republicans to delay the confirmation vote for a week to allow time for a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

Trump also said women, far from being outraged at Kavanaugh, "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh, outraged".

But on Sunday, McConnell offered a revised version of his initial reasoning and refused to say he wouldn't confirm a potential Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump in 2020. As senators cast their final votes on Kavanaugh's future, large protests erupted outside.

When asked if she has ever told him to put his phone down, she answered, "Yes!"

"I think she will never recover from this", Trump said. People on the steps of the Capitol chanted "vote them out!" and "the whole world is watching", messages that at times met with jeers and boos from others in the crowd. Capitol police dragged some screaming protesters out of the chamber.

Speaking after the vote, McConnell said the protests against Kavanaugh over the past several weeks have "turned our base on fire".

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said: "Republicans knew he was very flawed, but once he was nominated, it became a steam roller".

In recent weeks, Trump campaigned hard for Kavanaugh as Republicans try to keep control of Congress after the November 6 elections.

"I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing". "I don't always agree what he tweets and I tell him that", she said.