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Donald Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a judge of the US Supreme Court, in a major victory for the US President ahead of key mid-term elections in November amid crackling tension, angry protests and high drama on Capitol Hill.

Allegations of sexual assault raised during senate confirmation hearings dominated headlines and divided the US.

While his accuser, Ford, a research psychologist at a California university, had written to her Congressional Representative with her allegations against Kavanaugh in July, it was publicised by the Democrats only in September after the Senate Judiciary Committee had grilled him and was about to vote on recommending his nomination to the entire Senate.

Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.

Vociferous protests broke out across the nation against Kavanaugh's nomination before and after the vote on Saturday, and was even carried into the Senate chambers from where demonstrators were ejected.

When it was official, Trump delivered a double thumbs-up from his desk.

While she said she was 100 per cent sure the assailant was him, she acknowledged she did not remember numerous details.

Trump, seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court, said on Saturday before the vote that Kavanaugh would do "great, great" job there.

The politically convenient, scientifically baseless theory that sexual assault so traumatized Christine Blasey Ford she mixed up her attacker is now something like common wisdom for many Republicans.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defence of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court. "Judge Kavanaugh expressed a kind of raw tribal partisanship that we don't normally hear from judges, and if he were on the court no doubt those on the left would think he decided the way he did, at least in part, because of his Republican Party leanings".

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Collins said Friday that she was confident that Kavanaugh will not overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion in the U.S. She also said that she believes Ford, but thinks somebody else besides Kavanaugh must have been the perpetrator.

Those passions were on full display in a fight that could energize both parties' voters in elections for control of Congress just five weeks away.

But even if there was little suspense at Saturday's final vote, there was still plenty of theater, both inside and outside the Capitol.

Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One what message he had for women across the country who feel the nomination sends a message that their allegations of sexual assault aren't believed, Trump disagreed with the premise, saying women "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh" and "were in many ways stronger than the men in his favor".

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he said.

Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

"I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar". But Trump went after her anyway, mocking her testimony and gaps in her memory as a rally crowd laughed and cheered.

Steve Watkins, the Republican nominee in Kansas's second district, was on hand for the rally. Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will prompt infuriated women and liberals to stream to the polls to oust Republicans.

Republicans are trying to cling to a narrow 51-49 Senate majority in congressional elections that will be held on November 6. "John Roberts is so good at masking that in legalese that it doesn't feel quite as troubling", Levinson said.


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