US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses a news conference after the Senate voted to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the US Capitol in Washington October 6, 2018.
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as US Supreme Court justice on Saturday, the court said, after a deeply divided US Senate confirmed him to the court and Republicans dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct against the conservative judge.
Another woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his time at Yale, Deborah Ramirez, said in a statement Saturday that the senators discussing the impending vote brought her back to the moment of the alleged misconduct. "But I had one beer, that's the only thing I remember".
Republicans, on the other hand, touted Kavanaugh's fair judicial record and pointed to an FBI investigation that they say found no proof of the claims.
To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it a "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.
A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. In the debate preceding the vote, senators sounded as though they were describing two different men. Republicans emerged confident that the FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Kansas for a political rally, Trump said he was "very, very, very happy" about the vote and said Kavanaugh will be "a brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years".
During the rally, the president also accused Democrats of supporting sanctuary cities and of wanting to strip funding from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Kavanaugh was sworn in shortly after the Senate voted 50-48 in his favor - a move that cemented the high court's shift to the right under the Republican leader, who has chosen two of the nine sitting justices.
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.
The Time's Up campaign praised a turning tide in U.S. attitudes, but said "it's heartbreaking but not surprising that this small group of largely white men made a decision that valued the career of one man above all else".
Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.
"This is a a good day for America and an important day for the Senate".
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. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations. "They know that the senators who are making these confirmation decisions are the people who are elected by their voters, and so as voters they have a role to play".
"Manchin is still a Democrat and we're trying to hold onto our majority", he said.
But before reporters dug into that, she was asked about her husband calling African countries "shitholes", saying "I never heard him saying those comments".
Trump will host Kavanaugh at the White House for a public swearing-in ceremony on Monday, following Saturday's formal oath-taking at the high court.
Murkowski stated: "With my friend, the Senator from Montana, Mr. Daines, who is walking his daughter down the aisle this afternoon, if he were present and voting, he would have voted 'aye.' I have voted 'no.' The pair will not change the outcome of the vote; I therefore withdraw my vote". "It is, I have to admit, a great sense of accomplishment here".