The Senate Saturday confirmed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ending one of the most contentious, tawdry, and partisan battles in history over a high court seat.
The vote was 50-48. One senator, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska., voted present to accommodate absent Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, who was attending his daughter’s wedding. One embattled Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, up for re-election in a state that favored Trump by 42 points, voted for Kavanaugh.
Senators gathered in the chamber and voted from their seats on Kavanaugh’s nomination as thousands of protesters gathered outside the Capitol, Supreme Court and on the surrounding streets, forcing road closures by the U.S. Capitol Police.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in the eight years that I’ve been serving in this body,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said. “Every day when we show up to work as we walk to our offices we have to walk through a sea, a mod of angry protesters. People screaming, shouting, yelling things at us. Not pleasant things.”
Shouting protesters allowed into the public viewing galleries interrupted Senate floor speeches and the final vote.
Outside the Capitol, most of protesters carried signs and shouted in opposition to Kavanaugh, who is poised to tilt the court more definitively to the right than it has been in many decades.
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