Sen. Jeff Flake votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump praised Sen.

Despite pressure from the left and members of the #MeToo movement, U.S. Sen.

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party.

A few protesters took it a step further, getting tickets to the rally and leaving once President Trump got on stage to speak.

Flake, whose term ends in 2018, decided not to run for re-election.

The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the USA body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency.

It's all expected to conclude Saturday afternoon with a final roll call nearly solidly along party lines.

Trump is in Kansas to support right-wing extremist Kris Kobach, who is running for governor after defeating a more moderate Republican incumbent in a primary.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated.

Supreme Court judges are appointed for life and the 53-year-old Kavanaugh can potentially keep his position for decades.

It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

The president's visit to Topeka drew supporters for him — and other Republicans
The president's visit to Topeka drew supporters for him — and other Republicans. Credit Nomin Ujiyediin Kansas News Service

Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen.

Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

"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.

Anticipating Kavanaugh's confirmation, some groups have explored the impeachment process for removing him from the high court.

In a chamber where Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities, all senators voted in accordance with party lines, with the exception of Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who endorsed Kavanaugh, and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who voted against.

Earlier in the day, a large crowd gathered on Capitol Hill shouting "Vote them out!" Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

Protesters swarmed Washington, and rushed the steps of the Supreme Court to bang loudly on its bronze doors around the time Kavanaugh was set to be sworn in inside.

He graduated with a law degree from Yale and clerked for Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court.

At a hearing marked by bitter partisan acrimony, Kavanaugh was forced to defend himself against an allegation of sexual assault dating back to when he was a teenager.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion. Both he and Collins attempted to express a belief that Dr. Blasey Ford was assaulted, but not by Kavanaugh.

I also thank Judge Kavanaugh's family for remaining strong in what has been a hard time personally, they all reflect the character of true public service. Installing Judge Kavanaugh as a Justice makes that wound persist and makes the Supreme Court its symbol.

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