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Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. left walks out of his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday

Despite the uproarious screams of 'shame!' resonating in the gallery Saturday afternoon, Kavanaugh has been confirmed and will sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2018. See photos and video.

Numerous demonstrators held signs reading "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker", recalling the #troublemaker hashtag used by President Donald Trump on Friday in reference to protesters who opposed Kavanaugh's nomination.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans. Susan Collins (R-Maine), on the Senate floor on October 5.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.

Even before the lurid sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Mr Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received a letter with allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from Christine Blasey Ford, requesting anonymity. Each of Ford's named eyewitnesses also denied any knowledge of a party involving Ford and Kavanaugh.

"We made a decision, and Judge Kavanaugh's probably sitting on the Supreme Court".

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Kavanaugh has faced allegations of sexual misconduct by three women, Christine Blasey Ford , Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. But as she, and many others pointed out, a press conference means reporters get to ask whatever they want.

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Despite weeks of pointed and tempestuous questioning by senators, Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Yale graduate, who rose to prominence as a member of Ken Starr's legal team, which led the campaign to impeach Bill Clinton two decades ago, appeared set for a relatively straightforward confirmation. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

She described her decision to oppose Kavanaugh as "agonizing", and said that while she hopes he will be a "neutral arbiter" on the court, he was not "the right person for the court at this time".

Friday's announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made the final confirmation vote a formality, though still an emotional one. The Senate Judiciary Committee, however, voted against subpoenaing Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who was named in both Swetnick and Ford's allegations. Every Democrat but one, Sen.

ANDREW HARNIK via Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh is on his way to the Supreme Court, despite public allegations of sexual assault or misconduct by three women. The lone holdout Senator, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, has indicated that she might vote no.

That could pave the way for a confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

A demonstration was scheduled for Saturday outside Collins' office in Portland, Maine, to show opposition to her support of Kavanaugh. In any case, Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly on standby in Washington in case he needs to break a tie in the Senate.

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

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