Mitch McConnell Says Senate Republicans Set Scope of FBI's Kavanaugh Investigation

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In outlining her argument, Collins argued that while she believes that Ford, who testified last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, "is a survivor of a sexual assault", she does not believe that the allegation was corroborated.

Within hours of the Senate vote on Saturday 50 to 48 in his favour, Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Kavanaugh has faced heavy scrutiny during his nomination process, in part because of sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against him.

"We could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh", Beck Bennett's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN anchor Dana Bash, played by Heidi Gardner.

Trump watched the confirmation vote on a large-screen television tuned to Fox News in a wood-paneled cabin on the plane.

But Murkowski's vote was a stark reminder of the divisions the nomination fight sparked and of her increasingly lonely position in a party that has become less hospitable to moderating voices during Trump's presidency.

"I liked beer, I still like beer", he said.

Since then, a different portrait of Kavanaugh emerged - that of someone who often drank to excess during his high school and college years and behaved obnoxiously.

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Mr. Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional, testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party. She told reporters Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

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She was torn after a process she said was neither fair to Kavanaugh nor satisfactory for victims of sexual assault. Dianne Feinstein she was certain Kavanaugh was her attacker in "the same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now". "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election".

Murkowski campaigned aggressively and creatively, handing out wristbands and reminding voters how to spell her name. "We always do", the majority leader said.

Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a "smear" campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice.

It now has five conservatives ranged against four liberals, and with lifetime appointments for judges, 53-year-old Kavanaugh can be expected to impact the court for decades.

Susan Collins on Friday was dubbed a "rape apologist" by a women's activist group amid her decision to support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It was Kavanaugh's fiery testimony, charged with partisan accusations, that swayed her.

"Murkowski said she has experienced a "#MeToo" moment, Alaska Public Media reported.

Kavanaugh's confirmation flies in the face of the cultural and political Me Too movement, which has empowered women in all walks of life to speak out about sexual assault and harassment, especially by men in positions of power. And that shapes who we are. They are also a reflection of how divided we have become as a nation. "I'm praying for the country".

Manchin is running for re-election in his traditionally Republican state.

When Sen. Jeff Flake cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!" Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

"He will be an illegitimate justice, and his confirmation will mark a point of no return for the Supreme Court's reputation as the one, apolitical branch of government", Fallon said.

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