A divided Senate narrowly approved Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination on Saturday, bringing to an end one of the bitterest confirmation battles in the history of the high court.
The near party-line roll call vote in the conservative jurist’s favor followed weeks of raucous partisan sparring over claims that President Trump’s pick sexually assaulted several women when he was younger.
A stone-faced Vice President Pence presided over the contentious vote, which was repeatedly interrupted by protesters shouting “shame on you” from the gallery.
Pence was forced to pause the counting and hammer a gavel as he called for order in the chamber.
The final tally split the chamber 50-48 as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia became the sole Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.) voted “present” as a courtesy to another GOP member absent for his daughter’s wedding…..