Explained: Five norms challenged by Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

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Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the 53-year-old Kavanaugh a victim of "an ugly left-wing smear campaign" and charged Democrats with character assassination.

In final remarks just before the voting, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a vote for Kavanaugh was "a vote to end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate's history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow".

President Trump blamed Democrats for the controversy over allegations of sexual misconduct when Mr Kavanaugh was a high school and college student.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact".

"I think the justices care very much about collegiality and not purely for the sake of collegiality". He was confirmed less than two weeks after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about allegedly being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a party in 1982. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said.

Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will do the opposite, prompting infuriated women and liberals to oust Republicans. A third accuser, Julie Swetnick, also claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh.

When asked if Ford will ever be able to live a normal life again, her lawyer seemed optimistic.

NPR's Scott Detrow reported that as of around 1 p.m. ET Saturday, some protesters had broken through barriers set up in front of the Capitol and had made it as far as the main plaza and steps, where police began to slowly remove people one by one. Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call.

Many people climbed the stairs before they were removed by the police.

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Kagan told an event for female alumni at Princeton on Friday it was "incredibly important" for the court to guard its reputation of being fair or impartial and not be simply "an extension of the terribly polarized political process and environment that we live in".

Several polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind, jumped after the Kavanaugh hearing last week.

In a statement to Politico in September, Bush said: "Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: "He is a fine husband, father, and friend - and a man of the highest integrity".

"Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good", he wrote.

Murkowski lost a primary battle in 2010 but was re-elected as a write-in candidate. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke with his party to vote in favor, while Republican Sen. They chanted, "Vote them out!"

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line yesterday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking. I don't know by whom.

But the supplemental FBI investigation was flawed from the beginning with Republicans limiting who agents could speak to and what evidence they could gather to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, including refusing to let agents interview Ford.

Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve.