Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Kavanaugh's confirmation was stalled by accusations of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college, but Collins and others said they were won over by his forceful denials and a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation report they say produced no evidence corroborating the claims.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, dismissed the prospect of lingering bitterness among senators.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination, declaring he was "100 percent" certain his nominee was innocent.

"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added.

"My bottom line is I'm going to give it due consideration, after the midterms", she said.

Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.

In the follow-up tweet, Rice said: "Many thanks for the encouragement".

"We simply followed the tradition in America, which is if you have a party of a different - a different Senate of a different party than the president, you don't fill a vacancy created in the presidential year", he told "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building.

US President Donald Trump says goodbye to the crowd during a campaign rally October 6, 2018, in Topeka, Kansas. The Iowa Republican told reporters that his message to protesters would be, "thank god that you're willing to exercise your First Amendment rights of association and free speech".

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Lambda Legal, HRC, AIDS United, The Trevor Project, and GLAAD were among 73 national, state, and local organizations that signed a letter opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I do hope it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small, gracious steps can lead to more", Murkowski said Friday in announcing her intent.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked about the prospects of impeaching Kavanaugh, and she said it "would not be my plan".

The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired 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.

Coons, instead, turned his attention to Trump for mocking Ford last week and said the Kavanaugh controversy was an indictment of the president's character as much as it was a battle within the Senate, coming as more women are speaking up about harrowing experiences.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, said he, too, planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Susan Collins sat down with 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley to talk about the aftermath of her decision to vote "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, a move that made it all but certain that Kavanaugh would become the next Supreme Court justice.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested on Capitol Hill this week - including several dozen in the hours leading to the final vote.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said that it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks.

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