Beers and cheers as Trump, Republicans celebrate Kavanaugh's rise to Supreme Court

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Trump also called Kavanaugh, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, en route to Kansas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

The outcome was known on Friday, when two key senators, Susan Collins of ME, a Republican, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, said they would vote for Kavanaugh.

"I think talking about it at this point isn't necessarily healing us and moving us forward", he said. "But we're trying to win seats". She then voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination and has said that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh' during the full Senate's confirmation vote on Saturday.

"This is a historic night", Trump told supporters at a rally in Kansas after signing Kavanaugh's commission aboard Air Force One.

Numerous lawmakers, including undecided Republican senators like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, said they were appalled by Trump's behavior, but wound up voting for Kavanaugh anyway. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.

But the saga - fueled by ugly accusations and counter-claims aired at nationally televised hearings, followed by an 11th-hour Federal Bureau of Investigation probe to address the assault allegations - has inflamed political passions.

Meanwhile, another woman, Deborah Ramirez who is married to a technology entrepreneur of Indian descent, Vikram Shah, alleged that while they were students at Yale, Kavanaugh had exposed his genitals in front of her at a party they had been drinking at.

During the rally, the president also accused Democrats of supporting sanctuary cities and of wanting to strip funding from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6.

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Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

He added, "We were able to establish that the presumption of innocence is still important in this country and that the senate is not going to be intimated by these kind of tactics".

The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics, disrupting the status quo on Capitol Hill and firing up both Republicans and opposition Democrats a month before crucial midterm elections.

"There's nothing quite like a good old-fashioned Supreme Court fight to polarise the electorate - and that's what we've observed in the past few weeks", said David Wasserman, House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Mike Easley appointed him and was a Superior Court judge for 12 years - released a statement on Kavanaugh within minutes of his Saturday afternoon nomination. Many progressives took issue, in particular, with Kavanaugh's victory in the face of numerous sexual assault allegations and made clear their distaste in protests Saturday outside the Capitol and Supreme Court. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. I don't know by whom.

But before reporters dug into that, she was asked about her husband calling African countries "shitholes", saying "I never heard him saying those comments". All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

"Any remaining belief I had that admirable Republicans still exist, is dying, exhaling its last breath", another added.

On a practical level, the four liberal justices need a vote from the right side of the court in which they otherwise divide on the familiar ideological fault lines.