When Will Brett Kavanugh Be Sworn in And Sit on Supreme Court for First Time?

The Senate's Saturday vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh brought a close to months of passionate and deeply partisan debate.

Kavanaugh will now likely be sworn into the Supreme Court on Saturday. The judge will fill the seat of former Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative judge who announced his retirement in June. Without Kavanaugh's confirmation, the court would have been left with an even 4-4 ideological split for the court's new session that began earlier this week, potentially impacting any number of future cases.

President Donald Trump praised the Senate for confirming Kavanaugh, saying he planned to sign Kavanaugh's Commission of Appointment and pave the way for Chief Justice John Roberts to swear him in. Kennedy was reportedly planning to help in the process for Kavanaugh to be sworn in.

The Senate's final vote was 50-48 with no unexpected surprises. Hundreds of protesters on Capitol Hill and in the Senate gallery continued to protest Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday, urging key swing senators to change their planned votes. Charged with unlawful gathering and other related charges, hundreds of protesters were arrested by police throughout the week.

Staying true to their word, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke from party ranks in their votes. Manchin voted yes while Murkowski voted no, later withdrawing her vote as part of a deal she struck with GOP Senator Steve Daines who could not attend the vote because of his daughter's wedding.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was all but assured until Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault surfaced in September following a letter she sent to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Ford originally requested her letter remain private and confidential, but later spoke publicly after her name and contents of the letter were revealed in numerous press reports.

What followed was weeks of namecalling and dramatic partisan drama, much of which unfolded on television for the world to witness. It also consisted of public testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee from both Kavanaugh and Ford, new allegations from two additional women who came forward and an additional supplemental FBI investigation into the validity of the various claims.

Kavanaugh, who "categorically and unquivocally" denied all of the allegations, received loyal support from both the president and the GOP throughout the entire process. Democrats, unhappy with the FBI's investigation because of its limited scope and lack of interviews with Kavanaugh, Ford and others, vehemently opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation til the very end.