Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as US Supreme Court justice on Saturday after weeks of an intense screening process at the Senate. Mired in allegations of sexual misconduct which led to an FBI investigation, the vote eventually ended 50-48 in favour of Kavanaugh making it the closest such Senate vote in more than a century just as it marks a major victory for President Donald Trump.
Protesters rallied outside the doors of the Supreme Court during the swearing-in, chanting slogans and carrying placards condemning the confirmation.
The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics and passions — the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests from the gallery — but handed Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.
It drew the line under a bruising nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers — and by his fiery rebuttal.
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.
As Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Lady Justice statue.