Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court

"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Protesters in the Senate gallery also interrupted the vote and were removed. The ceremony took place in the room where the justices meet for their private conferences. "The tactics have energized our base", he told the Washington Post.

"Judge Kavanaugh's past rulings and statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants - along with his expansive views on presidential powers - would on their own be enough to disqualify him from service on the Supreme Court." .

At a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mimicked Ford's responses during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. "The stakes for Ohioans are too high to give this justice a lifetime appointment to our highest court", said Brown.

Refresh for updates...After a grueling and emotional journey of testimonies, debates, and anger, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as an Associate Justice to the US Supreme Court Saturday when the vote went strictly along party lines, giving Kavanaugh a narrow 50-48 victory. "They thought he's just an extraordinary person, a great talent and I think he's going to make us all very proud".

Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

Before Pence called for the first vote, protestors began angrily yelling and were dragged out of the chamber by police. "We must work in a civil and forthright way on behalf of the American people who elected us to represent them". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but chose to withdraw after presenting Montana Senator Steve Gaines' vote as it would not change the count.

As dawn broke, Sen.

His nomination will tip the Supreme Court's balance in favour of conservatives, and Mr Kavanaugh's opponents fear he will curtail abortion rights and weaken gun control.

In a dramatic address from the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins effectively provided political cover for Manchin's vote as she outlined for almost an hour her reasons for supporting Kavanaugh, after carefully vetting his legal opinions, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation supplemental background check into uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations against him.

When Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!"

Both sides understood that issues of overwhelming importance both to conservatives and to liberals could be at stake.

Manchin, Collins and Murkowski all chatted together. Meanwhile, Manchin was getting a lot of pats on the back from Republican Sens.

At just 53 years old, Kavanaugh could conceivably serve on the court - now evenly divided between liberals and conservatives - for decades, tilting it to the right.

His pedigree as a Washington insider is unmatched.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy Saturday evening.

The US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, ending a bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats during a confirmation process that has transfixed the nation following allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee, which he has strongly denied.

Trump pushed through Neil Gorsuch in 2017, more than a year after the death of conservative lion Antonin Scalia.

But the supplemental FBI investigation was flawed from the beginning with Republicans limiting who agents could speak to and what evidence they could gather to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, including refusing to let agents interview Ford. Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they both were in high school.

In confirming Judge Kavanaugh the Senate has confirmed a good man with an impeccable record of honoring the U.S. Constitution, Judicial Watch said.

As senators awaited the conclusion of the vote, Sen. Neither Ford nor Kavanaugh appeared.

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