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.
Protestors storm the East Front steps of the US Capitol before the US Senate votes on the confirmation.
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. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.
She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterwards: "I was closing my eyes and praying - praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country". "It is, I have to admit, a great sense of accomplishment here". I do believe that she was assaulted.
"Now more than ever, our country needs a Supreme Court justice who will rise above ideology, protect the rights of all Americans and preserve our system of checks and balances by stopping presidential abuse of executive power", Butterfield said.
Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, while protesters chanted outside.
And finally... Immediately after her testimony, Trump called Ford a "very credible" witness. The Iowa Republican told reporters that his message to protesters would be, "thank god that you're willing to exercise your First Amendment rights of association and free speech".
GOP operatives say they are seeing renewed Republican interest in states such as Wisconsin, where Democratic candidates have been polling strong.
"I will tell you, had we not succeeded, the president and I fully meant to fill the seat before the end of the year", McConnell said.
The stage was set for Saturday's final confirmation when the Senate ended debate on the nomination on Friday with a procedural 51-49 vote - a move cheered by Mr Trump, who said he was "very proud".
The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Mr Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.
McConnell predicted that the House and Senate will soon wrap up talks over a bill creating a new process for congressional employees to make sexual harassment and assault allegations against lawmakers. A report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University said ME is the top state in the nation for television ad spending related to Kavanaugh's confirmation. During a campaign rally in MS, the president mocked Ford for not remembering key details of the alleged attack, including the date and location of the party she says she and Kavanaugh attended 36 years ago. "I still think that it gives us a lot of enthusiasm on our side because there are a lot of people out there that are really upset, not just with the testimony that came from Judge Kavanaugh but the way the president was even mocking (Ford) days ago".
Despite her opposition to Kavanaugh, Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen.
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