Brett Kavanaugh survives to take seat on Supreme Court

08 October, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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Brett Kavanaugh, who faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, has been sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court after the closest Senate vote in more than 100 years.

The Senate voted Saturday to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, following contentious and heated hearings into allegations of sexual assault that sharply divided the Senate and the nation.

"Since right from the moment we announced, radical Democrats launched a disgraceful campaign to resist, obstruct, delay, demolish and destroy, right from the beginning", Trump said.

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".

US President Donald Trump walks across the stage before speaking at a campaign rally at Kansas Expocentre, October 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas.

Ultimately with no evidence from 36 years ago, the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing convinced only one Republican and one Democrat to switch sides. 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.

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"There were enough other aspects and allegations and reports that we wanted the FBI to investigate", Hirono replied to Bash.

"Will he be a justice ever grateful to Trump who nominated him, or a justice who honors the rule of law more than any political leader or political party?"

"It is disgusting!" one user wrote.

His ascent to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt last week after university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a Washington area gathering in the early 1980s. We stood up for the presumption of innocence.

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

"It's a big day for the country, a big day for the administration and a big day for the Republican Senate", McConnell said.

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She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterwards: "I was closing my eyes and praying - praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country".

After the vote Saturday afternoon, Kavanaugh was confirmed to become the next Supreme Court Justice. Sen. The timely topic of Brett Kavanaugh came up (the interview happened before he was confirmed) and her Donald Trump's tweeting habits.

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation. Citing the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and "the virtual mob that assaulted us in the course of this process", McConnell said "they've managed to deliver the only thing that we had not been able to figure out how to do, which was to get our folks fired up".

Hirono then amplified her criticism of Collins, expressing shock that her fellow senator would claim Ford didn't know with certainty the identity of her attacker.

Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him. Susan Collins, saying she was "great".

"They're going to go to the polls and vote differently". All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

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