Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kavanaugh confirmed: Senate OKs Supreme Court nominee

Kavanaugh confirmed: Senate OKs Supreme Court nominee

His nomination and subsequent confirmation have provoked widespread and furious protests from women across the United States and the wider world, at a time when the Me Too movement is more prominent in our society than ever before.

Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, transformed conservative voters' dreams to reality when he called for the final tally.

Talking to reporters at the White House, Trump called Kavanaugh "an extraordinary person" and "a great talent".

"Very late in the confirmation process serious allegations were made against Judge Kavanaugh". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Collins is a "top priority" when he was asked Saturday if she could be targeted by Democrats in 2020.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. was the sole Democrat to vote "yes." Sen.

Ever since July when he announced he was nominating the 53-year-old judge for the seat being vacated by Anthony Kennedy - an announcement the former Apprentice host stage-managed by demanding everyone turn on their television sets at 9pm that warm summer evening - the president knew he would be a controversial choice. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, but will be in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. That rare procedural manoeuvre left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted.

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records. "We still have in this country certain fundamental principles, due process, fairness, a presumption of innocence", she said. "Women will not forget this".

"He is a strong, principled, qualified jurist who will defend liberty and adhere to the Constitution as written", he said. The doctor was heard on the allegations at a hearing last week where she talked in detail about her alleged assault at a high school party in 1982.

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Since then, the country watched agape as one electric moment after another gushed forth.

He said he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Kavanaugh was something positive.

A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.

Democrats also raised concerns about his views on executive power, and whether he was selected by President Trump because he would be a sure-fire vote to protect Trump from the various investigations and lawsuits surrounding his presidency. "Big day for America!" he tweeted.

Trump scored a clear win in his drive to cement conservative dominance of the High Court, a bitter outcome for Democrats who could not get their own liberal nominee confirmed because of Republican delaying tactics in 2016. "I do believe that she was assaulted".

"We have to mourn the lack of seriousness the Senate showed toward credible allegations of sexual assault", said Sen.

Just hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps, just feet away from the imposing doors to the Rotunda. Soon, Capitol Hill police started arresting some protesters.

Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018.

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday.

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