Protesters storm Capitol steps ahead of Kavanaugh vote: 'Shame! Shame!'

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Concerns about potential sexual misconduct involving the judge have swept headlines for weeks, but now, 51 United States Senators are vowing to vote in support of Judge Kavanaugh.

In a twist, Murkowski said she would state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen. One GOP senator was absent during the vote because of his daughter's wedding thousands of miles from Washington, D.C. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted", Trump said while speaking with reporters in front of the Sphinx in Egypt during her first major solo trip overseas. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh's nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors' gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?" Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards. The session was presided over by Pence.

Both testified about the alleged incident at a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

USA Today will be providing live coverage in the player above of the Senate floor for the votes and debate on the Kavanaugh nomination.

That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, opposing forces that left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact".

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal.

The post also plugged a website to "cancel Kavanaugh".

Murkowski said she was displeased with the nomination process and felt that disrespect to Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, had gotten out of hand. "I think she feels like she did the right thing", Banks said.

Deborah Ramirez says the Senate is "looking the other way" when it comes to her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were students at Yale. Republicans narrowly control the Senate and have a somewhat larger majority in the House of Representatives.

"What I can speak to is when victims of sexual assault and violence go to their Congress people - when they go to their senators and they ask for their information to be confidential, I think that that's a request that needs to be respected", Katz said. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police. Another 101 protesters were arrested Friday, the U.S. Capitol Police said. They also challenged the veracity of some of his Judiciary Committee testimony.

Murkowski's vote was the latest example of the independent streak she forged since overcoming a Republican primary challenge in 2010 to win re-election as a rare write-in candidate. She next faces voters in 2022.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

"If you fail to stand up for the people of ME and for Americans across the country, every dollar donated to this campaign will go to your eventual Democratic opponent in 2020", the campaign website reads.

Trump said he watched the saga and watched Kavanaugh suffer "with false statements made about him, things that never happened". "I felt like it's our right too - I have opinions too and I wanted to represent another side", she said.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life", Manchin said. "Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?" "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort".

Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination; it was to inform the nomination and she's done that.