Monday, 22 October, 2018

Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Watch live: Final Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court | Trending
Glenn Montgomery | 09 October, 2018, 05:30

"I did not consent". "Where's my representation?" one female protester screamed before being forced out of the chamber. The two-vote margin is one of the narrowest ever for a Supreme Court nominee. But she then asked to withdraw her "no" vote as a courtesy to Sen. Steve Daines, could go to his daughter's wedding without having to stay in D.C.to vote.

The vote gave Mr Trump his second appointee to the court, and comes in the amidst of campaigning for next month's mid-term elections.

A sharply divided Senate - reflecting a deeply divided nation - voted nearly entirely along party lines Saturday afternoon to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. It marked the tightest successful Supreme Court confirmation vote in over 100 years. Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath. These things are of such high priority to them, that they're willing to ram through a person who has been credibly accused of multiple instances of sexual assault, simply because he'll vote their way on the bench.

Ahead of Saturday's vote, Trump thanked women who support Kavanaugh, adding, "It is a handsome thing to see - and they are not paid professional protesters who are handed expensive signs".

"After going through all those difficulties, the members of the court were just wonderful people to a person", Thomas said in an appearance at the Library of Congress earlier this year. "It didn't look that way but in the end, that's what happened".

In a brief telephone interview with The Washington Post, Trump said voters in Alaska "will never forgive" Murkowski for voting against confirming Kavanaugh, and he forecast her defeat in a Republican primary should she run for reelection in 2022. Senate Republicans tightly controlled the disclosure process for Kavanaugh's public record, limiting the scope of documents released and scheduling hearings and a final vote before the National Archives could release the entirety of the Kavanaugh documents. Kavanaugh forcefully denied the accusations. "I have great respect for Susan Collins".

"I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday", Trump told reporters Saturday as he left the White House to fly to Kansas for a political rally.

All the while, crowds of demonstrators - mostly Kavanaugh opponents - ricocheted around the Capitol's grounds and hallways, raising tensions, chanting slogans, interrupting lawmakers' debates, confronting senators and often getting arrested.

Neither the FBI nor the Senate Judiciary Committee, in their separate investigations - both conducted under penalty of felony - found evidence corroborating the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh.

The Maine moderate Republican faced heavy political pressure, including from women who came from her home state and demanded that she side with Kavanaugh's chief accuser, Ford.

Hundreds of people have gathered outside the supreme court in protest of the upcoming Brett Kavanaugh vote.

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The vote could help bolster Manchin's reputation as independent from Democratic leadership - a key survival trait in deep-red West Virginia. Protesters shouted "shame" at him as he tried to board an elevator near his office.

In a statement to Politico in September, Bush said: "Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: "He is a fine husband, father, and friend - and a man of the highest integrity. Avenge her in November", he tweeted with artwork of Ford".

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres praised Dr Ford and vowed to continue her "movement". In her former role as dean of Harvard Law School, she hired Kavanaugh to teach there.

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