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Adding to the day's drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you!" briefly interrupted the confirmation vote.

"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".

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "We're very honoured that he was able to withstand this disgusting, frightful attack by the Democrats".

"I hope we have all learned something, that we owe it to the victims of sexual assault to do more and to do better and to do it with them", she said. Every voting Republican backed the 53-year-old conservative judge. Protesters have gathered there too to continue the demonstrations. But she said she was not convinced of Kavanaugh's guilt.

President Trump beamed over Kavanaugh's confirmation as he belittled the demonstrators.

"It matters. It is needed and it is long overdue", she said, arguing that her support for Kavanaugh's confirmation does not negate the claims of sexual assault that have flooded forward in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against the nominee.

So what were the numbers in the Senate?

Those decisions came after a dramatic 51-49 procedural vote to limit debate on the nomination - the next-to-last step in the tumultuous Supreme Court confirmation process. In those states, the Kavanaugh vote could help Republicans.

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

Daines "is walking his daughter down the aisle this afternoon".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid".

"When future Americans look back at these proceedings, let them draw no lessons from the Senate's conduct here", said Sen.

In their final summations, the two Senate party leaders reflected how bitter the divide had become.

He also said Mr Trump had "stooped to new depths" in mocking the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.

He said events had "strained our basic principles of fairness and justice" and that the vote showed the Senate was "an institution where evidence and facts matter".

About 100 demonstrators were arrested on Friday in Senate office buildings, the Capitol Building, and outside the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement.

"Senators claiming to want a dignified debate should not repeat lies constructed by the Judiciary Committee that were cynically created to win support for Judge Kavanaugh".

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

Her comments come just hours before Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed as a US Supreme Court Judge - a position normally kept for life. "But the Senate having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions".

It has the ultimate say on such contentious issues as abortion and gun control. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation.

Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen. Mr Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch strengthened the conservative leaning. Mr Trump will be able to campaign on the back of an important victory, but commentators will be watching closely how the Kavanaugh affair affects women voters. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.