In the end, for as long, drawn out and acrid as the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination was, the actual confirmation vote itself was brief, to the point and relatively somber. "I don't believe Judge Kavanaugh's temperament is consistent with someone who has the honor to serve on the Supreme Court".
At approximately 3:45 p.m., amid outcries from protesters in the Senate gallery, Vice President Mike Pence ordered the Senate clerk to begin calling the roll for the vote. The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.
Democrats also raised concerns about his views on executive power, and whether he was selected by President Trump because he would be a sure-fire vote to protect Trump from the various investigations and lawsuits surrounding his presidency. That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted.
It was the closest vote on a Supreme Court Justice since 1881, when the Senate approved Justice Stanley Matthews by a vote of 24-23.
Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups condemned the vote.
Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn in quickly and will join four liberal justices and four other conservatives as the court, which is expected soon to hear controversial disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights and voting rights.
She added: "We will carry that anger into the election. Women will not forget this". Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they both were in high school.
The tides seemed to turn when allegations came out against Kavanaugh from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick (he has denied them all). "Big day for America!" he tweeted.
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Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration. First Lady Melania Trump will not attend Monday night's swearing-in ceremony, her spokesperson told CBS News.
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Judge Alison Nathan said it was a regular practice at the Southern District of New York Court to ask for a joint statement. It's also worth noting that, just three minutes after Musk's tweet, Tesla stock prices fell by another 2%.
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One person who evidently did not was Christine Blasey Ford , the first woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The testimony revealed his "deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled", Kavanaugh said.
In a brief telephone interview with The Washington Post, Trump said voters in Alaska "will never forgive" Murkowski for voting against confirming Kavanaugh, and he forecast her defeat in a Republican primary should she run for reelection in 2022.
At a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mimicked Ford's responses during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
Despite intense pressure from anti-Kavanaugh protesters, Sen. On Saturday approximately 1,000 protesters marched to the Capitol steps, chanting "November is coming".
Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote.
A few hundred protesters are gathering outside the Capitol before the vote.
"This is not a criminal trial, and I do not believe that claims such as these need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt", Collins said in a lengthy speech defending her decision. She said on the Senate floor late Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".
"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican. Susan Collins of ME for her speech Friday in support of Kavanaugh, reports CBS News.
This week, Trump mocked Ford's account of what she says was a drunken attack on her by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.
They also fear he will argue that a sitting president can not be indicted if prosecutors investigating Mr Trump's campaign ties to Russian Federation attempt to pursue him in court.