US President Donald Trump said he was looking forward to a Senate confirmation vote on his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday and said the conservative judge would do a "great, great" job on the court.
While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty.
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 in favor of Kavanaugh. As contentious as Bork's confirmation was, six Republicans voted against him, and two Democrats supported him - a far cry from Saturday's vote in which just two senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), crossed the aisle.
Kavanaugh will be sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he will replace, the Court's crucial swing vote, Anthony Kennedy.
The vote was not a quiet affair. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said.
Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.
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Saturday Night Live has lampooned Senate Republicans, imagining them chugging beer in the Senate "locker room" after successfully confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
On Friday the Senate voted along party lines to remove the last obstacle to holding a decisive vote this weekend. Kavanaugh will take the bench when court resumes on Tuesday.
'Hey, yeah, obviously I was really sad about the whole process as you could tell from my resting b***h face and really considered all the testimony.' the Flake character said, but was interrupted when McKinnon's Graham stuffed a pie in his face. But he said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution".
Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". Many of his Yale Law School classmates also spoke with the press about their dismay at what they perceived as his lying under oath about his binge drinking and inappropriate behavior. The disruptions continued periodically throughout the roll call. And they said Kavanaugh's record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.
"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.
Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice. Susan Collins said in her lengthy and decisive floor speech Friday afternoon. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been". On air, Fox News' Chris Wallace shared that his daughters told him "stories that I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school".
Kavanaugh gives the conservatives their first reliable majority on the nine-person panel since the mid-20th century, and though Democrats could attempt to impeach the judge in the future, they will need two-thirds backing in Senate, something that is considered unlikely unless new firm allegations come to light.