Iowa law professors voice opposition to Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation

Watch live: Final Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Senators, seated to take their votes in the chamber during the rare Saturday session, rose at the calls of their names, saying "yes" and "no".

"Judge Kavanaugh is without doubt one of the most qualified people to be nominated to America's highest court". Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath, while retired Justice Kennedy will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate galleries before Capitol Police removed them.

Kagan, speaking alongside fellow Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, on Friday emphasized the importance of maintaining the court's legitimacy "especially in this time where the rest of the political environment is so divided". Police stood guard at the doors.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter".

Neither the FBI nor the Senate Judiciary Committee, in their separate investigations - both conducted under penalty of felony - found evidence corroborating the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

President Trump watched the final vote while on board Air Force One, as he headed to Kansas for an evening fundraising event, and a campaign rally.

Trump is seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court.

A large crowd has gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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The vote ends a bitter struggle over Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, inflamed by accusations that he sexually assaulted women in the 1980s.

In a much anticipated speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins said that she believed that Ford was a survivor of sexual assault. The fire and brimstone predicted by the left-leaning media may or (more likely) may not occur, but the media will, either way, have plenty of content to fill an ever-hungry news cycle.

The Senate is expected to vote soon to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Trump's decision to hand his second Supreme Court nomination to Kavanaugh in July was widely seen as an olive branch to Bush and other establishment Republicans who have been hostile to the president.

Without weighing in on the sexual assault allegations that Ford leveled against Kavanaugh, Mrs. Trump says victims of "any kind of abuse or violence" must be helped.

She encouraged her fans to "take back our power" by voting in the November mid-term elections, adding: "It is the only way out of this mess".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer contended that Kavanaugh was unfit to serve, maintaining that he would work to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"Today's vote to confirm him will do lasting damage to the integrity of the Court, as well as the American people's trust in its institutions to do the right thing". "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election".

"I'm a mother", one woman shouted.

A few hundred protesters are gathering outside the Capitol before the vote.

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