Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In to U.S. Supreme Court As Protestors Chant

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In to U.S. Supreme Court As Protestors Chant

John Dickerson pointed out that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, named William Brennan to the court in 1956 by recess appointment just before that year's presidential election.

Finally, toward the end of the roll-call, Collins reached over and grabbed Murkowski's left arm. Democrats believe a backlash against the GOP from women voters could help deliver the House of Representatives.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", said Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, looking ahead to November.

Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

Anticipating Kavanaugh's confirmation, some groups have explored the impeachment process for removing him from the high court.

As one of just two Republican women in the Senate who favour abortion rights - Collins is the other - and an opponent of the Republican push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act past year, Murkowski was seen as one of a handful of senators who could vote either way on Kavanaugh, even before the allegations against him emerged publicly in September.

But while Republicans can revel in the joy of having rammed their candidate, a man who is deeply controversial on so many levels, through the Senate against all opposition thereby altering the composition of the court for decades, the party's blatant power play may hurt them in the long run.

Kavanaugh graduated form Yale law school in 1983 and started his legal career under former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who carried out the probe that eventually led to former US President Bill Clinton's impeachment in 1999.

Protesters rallied in Washington and other USA cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old judge, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticized for his angry partisan rhetoric.

He spoke of "intimidation by the mob" and said the Senate vote should be one "to turn away from darkness".

Conor McGregor foe not in the mood to play waiting game
Given McGregor's long layoff and Nurmagomedov's recent form, I have to favor the Russian here. He should have stayed put, he doesn't want to be around me and these people.

What has Mr Trump said?

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough reelection race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres said in a tweet to Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Justice Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, that her testimony "wasn't in vain".

But Murkowski's vote was a stark reminder of the divisions the nomination fight sparked and of her increasingly lonely position in a party that has become less hospitable to moderating voices during Trump's presidency.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid". U.S. Capitol Police began arresting some of them.

Hirono, speaking on ABC's "This Week", said, "I'm focussed like a laser beam on the elections" when asked about impeachment.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, wavered but also backed Kavanaugh. That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted.

Federal agents are believed to have spoken to five witnesses regarding Prof Ford's accusations and another four other witnesses involving a separate accusation by Deborah Ramirez, who said the nominee had exposed himself to her when they were both at Yale University. With various abortion-related cases pending in lower courts, Conway conceded litigation that could curb abortion rights without overturning Roe will reach the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

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