Melania Trump: 'Glad' both Kavanaugh and Ford were heard

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Their announcements brought the number of senators supporting Kavanaugh to 51 in the 100-member chamber.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seemed assured to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas. But protesters overran the barricades and defiantly claimed the Capitol steps.

Kavanaugh has had his record and character constantly scrutinized and attacked by Democrats, media figures, and activists since President Donald Trump nominated him on July 9. The roll call seemed destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side capping a contest fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and President Donald Trump's unyielding support of his nominee. They said he'd push the court further right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump himself. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.

Democrats paraded to a almost empty Senate chamber overnight and into Saturday to lambaste the nominee.

She praised his judicial record and argued there was no corroboration of sexual assault charges made against him by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford. "We showed her all of the correspondence", Bank said.

A total of 164 people were arrested according to U.S. Capitol Police. "Juxtapose that with North Dakota, where the democratic incumbent senator is down 11 points, I think the state is pretty much in favor of President Trump's nominee", said Price. "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

In Egypt Saturday, during her first solo trip overseas, First Lady Melania Trump told reporters that she has told him to put his phone down and stop tweeting and that she doesn't always agree with the president's sentiments.'I don't always agree with what he tweets, and I tell him that, ' she told reporters.

Protesters chanted "Shame" at Manchin later when he talked to reporters outside his office.

In a sense it would reflect a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

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

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar".

When she finished, Collins received applause from the roughly two dozen GOP senators present.

The first lady, who is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa and spoke to reporters while standing in front of the Great Sphinx in Egypt, said her trip was "incredible" and "unforgettable" and that she hopes it sends a message that the United States cares about the welfare of other countries.

"There were many, many false things that were said about a very, very fine man and would have destroyed his family if this didn't happen", Trump said, referring to the confirmation.

If he wins confirmation, Kavanaugh - who saw questions raised over his candor, partisan rhetoric and lifestyle as a young man - will seal a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come. "And that is hard".

Murkowski bucked her party by voting "no" in a procedural vote to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate floor.

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is a reliable vote for Kavanaugh, will be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding on Saturday and will not be available to vote. "It will not change the outcome of the vote". Eleven Democrats voted for Thomas, while two Republicans opposed his confirmation.

"I have met with so many survivors, and I know that every single one of us has, and I've heard from colleagues as they have shared with me that they have been truly surprised, many stunned, by what they are learning is the prevalence of this unfortunately in our society today", she said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". That reflected Democrats' lasting umbrage over Republicans' 2016 refusal to even consider Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia. "All at once since he wants to be a supreme court justice, they're coming out of the woodwork", said another.

Still, it was a close-run thing: Kavanaugh's nomination was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, which sparked uproar and forced Republicans to delay the confirmation vote for a week to allow time for a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation background check. Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.