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The U.S. Senate voted Saturday afternoon to confirm embattled Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an extra two weeks of hearings that have left some law professors in Iowa uneasy with Kavanaugh's temperament.

Ford's attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks spoke to CNN on Saturday, shortly after Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in a almost party-line votes as protesters screamed from the gallery.

Protesters in the Senate Gallery interrupted the vote by yelling and were escorted out of the building by security. Although her fellow senator from Alaska, Republican Dan Sullivan, voted for Kavanaugh, Alaska's governor and lieutenant governor opposed his confirmation. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME and Democratic Sen.

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs.

"Confirming Brett Kavanaugh in the face of credible allegations of sexual assault that were not thoroughly investigated, and his belligerent, partisan performance.undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court".

Ford maintains that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982 and told her story before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people.

Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.

"... Fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh's confirmation as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

After Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies.

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In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen.

Protesters stormed the stairs of the Supreme Court on Saturday to protest the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Both parties bemoaned a broken confirmation process - albeit for different reasons - that could have a lasting effect on the Senate and further inflame a nation already polarised by tribal politics amid the cultural reckoning of the #MeToo era.

Centrist Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski refused to cast a "yes" vote, but called out "present" instead of "no" so fellow Republican Steve Daines of Montana could skip the roll call and walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

Republican Senator Deb Fischer described Kavanaugh as "one of the most thoughtful, pre-eminent judges in our nation".

"Judge Kavanaugh is an extremely well-qualified nominee with a deep respect for the Constitution". Kavanaugh was originally nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9.

"A lot of times, I didn't know if we would ever get to this point", said a beaming Sen. 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.

"Judge Kavanaugh will be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice", said Sen.

And "Shame! Shame! Shame!" emanated through the Senate just after Manchin's vote. Susan Collins of ME and red state Democratic Sen. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Judiciary Committee, argued on the floor, "This investigation found no hint of misconduct".