With razor thin margin, Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as US Supreme Court Justice

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a weeklong delay of the Senate vote.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, said on ABC's "This Week" that the focus should turn from Kavanaugh's combative testimony and toward his 12 years as a respected appeals court judge in Washington.

McConnell also indicated he wouldn't try to punish Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski for her vote against on Kavanaugh, saying she is a member of his conference in good standing.

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

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. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".

"We stood up to the mob", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on "Fox News Sunday".

Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol.

A new CBS poll released on Sunday suggested the court battle may have hurt Democratic Senate hopes in states like Texas and Tennessee, where more voters wanted the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh than not.

Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn in quickly and will join four liberal justices and four other conservatives as the court, which is expected soon to hear controversial disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights and voting rights.

They also fear that the court can now make several rulings whittling down social legislation and programmes for healthcare, aid for the poor, reservations in college admissions and immigration, while being pro-business and stricter on law and order.

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McConnell argued what they did to Garland didn't destroy him personally.

Professor Ford, claimed Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge took her to a bedroom and turned the music loud, pinned her to the bed before groping and grounding on her. Though, when asked how sure she was that Kavanaugh was the boy who attacked her, Dr. Ford said "100%".

When pressed by moderator John Dickerson about whether her view on Ford may be viewed by her critics as skepticism generally of women who have shared similar stories, Collins defended her position and said she was evaluating a specific case.

"I am here because President Trump mocked sexual assault victims", said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.

Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

Demonstrators protest against Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court.

There is an element of irony in Kavanaugh facing sexual misconduct charges: He was a lawyer in the office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated sexual misconduct charges against former President Bill Clinton, whose wife Hillary lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Protests against Kavanaugh - who will now serve a lifetime appointment after overcoming credible allegations of sexual assault, which he denied - continued outside the Capitol and Supreme Court during the ceremony.

The conservative was confirmed as judge.

The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 - and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.

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