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Bett Kavanaugh:Senate set for final vote on Trump’s nominee

President Trump judge nominee Bett Kavanaugh

After weeks of political wrangling, the US Senate is set for a final vote on the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

If senators do not change their voting intentions, Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the top US court.

The vote is expected at about 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

Senators are expected to be there in force from 15:30 in the lead-up to the vote.

Mr Kavanaugh has been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off sexual assault allegations.

In public testimony last week, Prof Christine Blasey Ford said she had been assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh when they were both teenagers in 1982.

Judge Kavanaugh denied the claim – and allegations that he was drank to the point of memory loss at the time – in a feisty confrontation with senators.

Another accusation is by Deborah Ramirez, who said the nominee had exposed himself to her when they were both at Yale University. He denies Ms Ramirez’s allegations, too.

An FBI inquiry was launched into the sexual assault allegations and other issues after Judge Kavanaugh received initial backing for his nomination in a Senate committee vote last week.

While the investigation has proved politically contentious, the wavering senators decided it had not provided sufficient grounds to oppose Mr Kavanaugh.

Mr Trump and his fellow Republicans said the new FBI report had cleared their nominee.

The Senate is split 51-49 in favour of the Republicans and the vote will be largely along party lines.

Mr Kavanaugh would actually only need a 50-50 vote, as that would force a tie-breaker in his favour from Vice-President Mike Pence.

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The Court has nine judges, all of whom are appointed for life, and the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is likely to give it a more conservative hue.

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