Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Kavanaugh confirmed: Senate OKs Supreme Court nominee

Kavanaugh confirmed: Senate OKs Supreme Court nominee

Consolidated News Photos/NewscomThe Senate has voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, 53, as the next Supreme Court justice.

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Saturday that the political brawl over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation will help Republicans retain control of the Senate, calling it a "seminal event" leading into the November elections.

The practice, called a "pair between senators", is so that the vote margin would be the same had Daines, who planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation, been there.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan expressed concern Friday over the court's lack of a swing vote with Justice Anthony Kennedy's departure from the bench. One pair of protesters held signs accusing Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of being a closeted homosexual and of engaging in vulgar behavior with President Trump.

He was being sworn in nearly immediately yesterday by Chief Justice John Roberts. Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call.

Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside. Police stood guard at the doors.

The nomination process took a turn toward scandal at the end, when research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of holding her down and forcefully groping her at a high school party in the 1980s.

With Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins - considered a moderate - announcing on Friday that she would vote "yes" on Kavanaugh who is still under a cloud of sexual assault accusations, the vote transpired without any GOP senators suddenly switching their vote in the face of massive protests against Kavanaugh across the country.

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Kavanaugh denies the allegation. 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. Vice President Pence, presiding over the Senate, began Saturday's final vote by reminding people gathered in the gallery that "expressions of approval or disapproval are not permitted" there.

Trump is seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court.

Ramirez released a statement Saturday saying that as she watched the Senate debate, "I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way".

"This is not a criminal trial, and I do not believe that claims such as these need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt", Collins said in a lengthy speech defending her decision.

The significance of Kavanaugh's confirmation likely will not be felt for many years. The Republican Party now controls the US Senate.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry. But in an act of courtesy to Daines, Alaska's pro-abortion Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski withdrew her vote which would have been against Kavanaugh.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line. "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election".

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?"

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