As expected, Brett Kavanaugh nomination to U-S Supreme court confirmed by narrow margin

The U-S Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, putting a second nominee from President Donald Trump on the highest court in the land.

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 Saturday during a historic roll call vote in the Senate chamber. 

The two-vote margin is one of the narrowest ever for a Supreme Court nominee. 

The vote unfolded with protesters shouting from the gallery.

The vote closes out a bitter struggle over Kavanaugh's nomination, inflamed by accusations that he sexually assaulted women in the 1980s. 

Kavanaugh forcefully denied the accusations in sworn testimony.

The Supreme Court said he would be be sworn in later Saturday.

In a statement, the court said Chief Justice John Roberts would administer the constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy would administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. 

Both oaths would be be administered so Kavanaugh can participate in the work of the court immediately.

A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a special sitting of the court at a later date.

President Donald Trump hailed Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court after an epic struggle to get him confirmed.

Trump tweeted his congratulations and called the Senate confirmation vote "very exciting!''



-With files from The Associated Press