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". Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teens. Yet, according to several media outlets, he made telephone calls to several Republican senators over the past few weeks to push for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
"I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo global trip to Africa. Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
He might have claimed Kavanaugh was a "judge's judge", someone with "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications", but the man drawn from a list drawn up by White House counsel Don McGahn and the conservative Federalist Society, was always going to be contentious. Following the accusations, both Ford and Kavanaugh gave emotional testimonies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Just hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps, just feet away from the imposing doors to the Rotunda. They chanted, "Vote them out! They have been seared into my memory, and have haunted me episodically as an adult".
Ford's allegations disrupted what had appeared to be a relatively smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh.
"I don't believe Judge Kavanaugh's temperament is consistent with someone who has the honor to serve on the Supreme Court".
Democrats railed against the nomination in Senate floor speeches Friday night and Saturday morning, and protests opposing Kavanaugh are expected throughout the day on Saturday.
"It is a sad day, but the recourse will have to be on election day", Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told reporters.
On Friday, after the nomination cleared a key procedural hurdle with a 51-49 vote, two previously undecided senators, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced they would support Kavanaugh.
He graduated with a law degree from Yale and clerked for Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court. This is his second confirmed nomination for the US Supreme Court.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen.
In the 1990s, Kavanaugh led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.
The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests. Manchin is running for re-election in his traditionally Republican state.
The scene unfolded Saturday afternoon as Kavanaugh was officially being placed on the nation's highest court.
Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.