Brett Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

07 October, 2018, 16:29 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Kavanaugh set to be confirmed concluding a fierce deeply bitter Supreme Court fight

The post also plugged a website to "cancel Kavanaugh". Every Democrat except one - senator Joe Manchin voted against him.

Brett Kavanaugh's partisan outburst in response to allegations that he sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were both teenagers creates a huge and glaring problem for the legitimacy of the Supreme Court's conservative majority in crucial cases that determine who our country elects and how we elect them.

These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce.

Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh because he is an outstanding person and I'm very honoured to have chosen him". Kavanaugh followed her with testimony that was often emotional or angry, as he forcefully declared his innocence and assailed the accusations against him as the product of an orchestrated effort by the left to torpedo his nomination.

Protesters chanted "Shame" at Manchin later when he talked to reporters outside his office.

But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, enough wavering senators chose to back the nomination.

The new profile of the court immediately makes Trump a consequential president, for all of the chaos and discord that rages around his White House, and means his legacy will include an achievement that eluded previous Republican presidents - all of whom had more authentic conservative credentials. Democrats were sharply critical of the investigation and the report that it produced, noting that the FBI had not interviewed either Blasey Ford or Kavanaugh.

Republicans plan to confirm Trump's SC nominee Kavanaugh on weekend
Schumer, D-N.Y., who appeared beside her at a news conference, blamed the White House for the limited scope of the latest probe. The Senate Judiciary Committee said lawmakers will review the report before a procedural vote advancing the nomination today.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

But he scoffed at the idea that Kavanaugh's nomination, and the tumult it has unleashed, will help Democrats in November's midterm elections. But two other key senators, Senators Susan Collins of ME and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for cloture, with Collins indicating that she would announce her final decision on how to vote by 3 pm on Friday.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday in a largely party line vote.

In final remarks just before the voting, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a vote for Kavanaugh was "a vote to end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate's history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow".

Several hundred protesters, majority women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol.

During the final moments before the vote, Senate Democratic Party leader Chuck Schumer said: "To Americans, to so many millions who are outraged by what happened here, there's one answer: Vote" in November.

Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, urged Americans who were dissatisfied with the confirmation to go to the polls in November and "vote". At one point some protesters ran up the steps and banged on the court's ornate doors. McConnell extolled Kavanaugh as a "superstar, a serious scholar" who is "legendary for his preparation and possesses the qualifications, the temperament and judicial philosophy" to be a brilliant justice.

Mr Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on USA law. They went through it, and they went through it seven times. She voted "present", balancing out Daines' absence. He said he "found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist". We've seen the numbers in the races shifting in our direction. That could change quickly, however: During the next few months, the justices could decide whether to take up appeals involving hot-button issues like crosses on public land, partisan gerrymandering, and discrimination against LGBTQ employees.

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