Kavanaugh sworn in as Supreme Court justice

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Protesters could be heard shouting in the Senate chamber as Vice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote. The same sense of dread spread in the Senate, as lawmakers texted each other about their concerns. And she says numerous demonstrators, regardless of their opinions about the Supreme Court nominee, share a common sentiment: They don't feel their voices are being heard.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school, prompting a week's delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation to allow the FBI to conduct an investigation into the alleged incident.

President Trump's pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy was confirmed by the Senate Saturday with a tally of 50 to 48. including crucial "aye" votes from Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Joe Manchin. But Collins said witnesses Ford had identified who were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week and included in a report the agency gave lawmakers had failed to corroborate Ford's claims.

The vote marks the end of the most fraught successful confirmation process at least since the 1991 appointment of Clarence Thomas, another conservative judge, who was also almost derailed by claims of personal misconduct.

The psychology professor at Palo Alto University has also said she was scared Kavanaugh would accidentally kill her during and that she believed he planned to rape her.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted "present", offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter's wedding.

Mr Trump wrote: "Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capitol Hill..."

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) voted to advance the nomination to the Supreme Court.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME cast their votes in favour of Kavanaugh.

"This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

In an unexpected move on the eve of Friday's vote, retired supreme court justice John Paul Stevens said Kavanaugh's strikingly partisan tone while denying the allegations against him before the Senate judiciary committee last week should disqualify him.

Protesters railed against Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in the week leading up to the final vote Saturday.

About 100 demonstrators were arrested on Friday in Senate office buildings, the Capitol Building, and outside the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

"Once I did that it started to sail through", Trump said.

"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in United States media.

Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump.

"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said. Asked if she thought her vote for Kavanaugh would affect her re-election status two years from now, Collins said: "I have no idea".

"It's certainly been a difficult situation", she said of the hard feelings over the Kavanaugh nomination.