Trump declares 'tremendous victory' after Kavanaugh is sworn into Supreme Court

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After Kavanaugh's name was put forward as a potential nominee for the vacant position on the court, Ford came forward with allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her under the influence of alcohol when they were in high school. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican who did not vote to confirm; rather than a "no" vote, she voted "present".

There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as he voted yes.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who helped push through Kavanaugh's nomination despite moments where it looked like it could fail, effusively praised Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations. Susan Collins "due consideration".

These words were in response to Collins, a Republican from Maine, saying earlier on the program, "I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant".

Rice spoke at a panel during The New Yorker Festival on Sunday and said she had "to do a lot more homework" before seriously committing to a run.

Later, in a phone interview with Fox News, Trump said he was "very happy" that he did not pull the plug on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Demonstrators shout as they protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court in Washington DC.

"I told him, 'You've got to be kidding me.'" Wade said.

GOP operatives say they are seeing renewed Republican interest in states such as Wisconsin, where Democratic candidates have been polling strong.

The vote brought an end to the nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from Ford, who told a senate committee that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothing at a house party when they were both teenagers.

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With next month's crucial mid-term elections on the horizon, analysts will be looking to see whether it influences the vote.

Mr Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh's nomination 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.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Mr Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

Trump invited reporters travelling with him to watch the final vote in his private office aboard Air Force One, then delivered a thumbs up from his desk as the confirmation was made official.

Mr Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on United States law.

While many senators say they were satisfied with the FBI probe, her lawyers say the investigation was insufficient.

Coons, instead, turned his attention to Trump for mocking Ford last week and said the Kavanaugh controversy was an indictment of the president's character as much as it was a battle within the Senate, coming as more women are speaking up about harrowing experiences.

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

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

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