Brett Kavanaugh: Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice

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"And that was from the heart, that was from the heart", Trump added.

She said he pinned her down, held his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her clothes before she managed to escape. Some have had none.

Trump watched the confirmation vote while flying on Air Force One to a political rally in Kansas, viewing the vote on large-screen television tuned to Fox News in a wood-paneled cabin.

On Saturday, some 20 hours after delivering an anguished speech to a almost empty Senate chamber, she etched her place in history as the only Republican senator to oppose Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Mr Kavanaugh had strenusously denied Christine Blasey Ford's allegations. Others said they believed Ford was sexually assaulted by someone, but that it couldn't have been Kavanaugh.

I also thank Judge Kavanaugh's family for remaining strong in what has been a hard time personally, they all reflect the character of true public service.

He was being sworn in nearly immediately on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts. "It showed no corroboration -- no nothing".

Republicans hope the battle to confirm Kavanaugh will energize their base for the midterm elections.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", he said.

Christine Blasey Ford, with lawyer Debra S. Katz, left, answers questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME cast their votes in favour of Kavanaugh.

The reaction has been swift, with former President George Bush and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders both tweeting their support for Collins.

Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn.

Speaking to NPR on Friday, a lawyer for Ford said the California professor's goal was never to derail the nomination.

He highlighted three - New Jersey Sen.

The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the United States body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency.

He again called Sen.

Mass arrests took place yesterday as the police apprehended crowds of people protesting the confirmation of the controversial Judge Kavanaugh.

"I do think the hearing, what it said, is your voice matters". "What goes around comes around", he said.

"It's turned our base on fire", declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "He was treated very, very unfairly, Jeanine". "The horror they had to endure from these people like Blumenthal and Booker, who was a disaster as the mayor of Newark".

Protesters could be found inside the U.S. Capitol as well.

The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Murkowski, who told reporters that while she believes Kavanaugh is "a good man", she also felt the confirmation process had become about something "bigger than a nominee".

While she said she was 100 per cent sure the assailant was him, she acknowledged she did not remember numerous details. Dianne Feinstein she was certain Kavanaugh was her attacker in "the same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now".

Three female GOP senators - Jodi Ernst of Iowa, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS, sat directly behind Collins as she spoke.

He took indirect aim at the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, praising the "incredible Republican senators for refusing to back down in the face of the Democrats' shameless campaign of political and personal destruction".

It represents the culmination of a decades-long project by the conservative movement to construct a like-minded majority on the Supreme Court which has been a defining and unifying cause in successive congressional and presidential campaigns. Democrats consider Yoder one of the most endangered Republicans in the House, and see a prime pickup opportunity in his suburban Kansas City district.