Trump welcomes Kavanaugh's appointment to supreme court

Protesters gather outside Flake's office not long after the Republican voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. Flake's was not the only office visited by demonstrators Friday. Other senators who had been considered on the fence also

President Donald Trump celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court at a rally in Kansas on Saturday, condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against Kavanaugh.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the Democrats who voted against the motion and has vocally opposed Kavanaugh's nomination since accusations of sexual assault arose in July, lamented the vote's passing on CNN.

Support by Collins and Manchin gives Kavanaugh at least 51 votes in the 100-member Senate for an election-season victory against the backdrop conflict of the #MeToo movement and staunch conservative support for Trump.

The Senate voted 51-49 to approve Kavanaugh in the procedural cloture vote, with one Republican, Lisa Murkowski, opposing going forward while one Democrat, Joe Manchin, voted to move ahead.

In what is known as a "pairing" in Congressional jargon, Murkowski voted "present" to honor the would-be "yea" vote of Sen. "What goes around comes around", he said.

"She has every right to vote the way she would like. I might have been too emotional at times", Kavanaugh wrote.

Manchin said he had reservations about Kavanaugh because of the sexual misconduct allegations against him "and the temperament he displayed in the hearing".

She was torn after a process she said was neither fair to Kavanaugh nor satisfactory for victims of sexual assault.

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"I see him as being really destructive towards education", she said.

Trump personally thanked several Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham ("who did such a great job"), Charles Grassley, Mitch McConnell, and Susan Collins. "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election".

The tariffs have led to losing China as a buyer, he said, and once you lose a market, it is hard to regain it.

But he scoffed at the idea that Kavanaugh's nomination, and the tumult it has unleashed, will help Democrats in November's midterm elections.

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", Collins told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that will air Sunday.

The Alaska senator faced pressure back home to vote no.

"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in U.S. media. It was Kavanaugh's fiery testimony, charged with partisan accusations, that swayed her. The nation is made up of immigrants, she said. If confirmed, the position is for life. And that shapes who we are.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been". They've been there for us all week, cheering and screaming outside of our offices. "I'm praying for the country".

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The president is in Kansas to support Kris Kobach, the GOP nominee for governor, as well as political newcomer Steve Watkins, a Republican seeking to succeed retiring congresswoman, Lynn Jenkins. "Nobody thought there was a need to do the same thing all over again".

Murkowski is part of shrinking crop of moderates in a party that has enthusiastically embraced Trump. Jeff Flake of Arizona, followed by Republican Sen.

A smaller group of Kavanaugh supporters also gathered.

He spoke of "intimidation by the mob" and said the Senate vote should be one "to turn away from darkness".

But the Kavanaugh nomination has further poisoned already strained, partisan relations in the Senate.

"This is a really divided time", Kagan said.

That, McConnell said, is the statement the Senate will make with its Kavanaugh vote.

He said he is also concerned about closure of rural hospitals, like the one in Fort Scott, which announced it was shuttering its doors last week, and Medicaid expansion, which is an issue for farmers. They chanted, "Vote them out!"

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On Friday, in the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling". As she finished, her Republican colleagues stood and cheered. The protesters, including two who interrupted a speech by Cornyn, were removed by gallery staff. For 26 minutes she explained how she arrived at her vote.

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