Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

Brandon  The Associated Press

Brandon The Associated Press

Protesters form a buffer around a Trump supporter as they demonstrate at the U.S. Capitol in the hours ahead of a scheduled U.S. Senate vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, U.S. October 6, 2018.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called Kavanaugh's confirmation "a low moment for the Senate, the court, and the country" and said of Kavanaugh, "He doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench".

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups", Kavanaugh said. Judge Kavanaugh has undergone seven FBI investigations including one specifically reviewing the last-minute allegations.

These protests are following the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Kavanaugh.

The vote, divided along party lines, was completed before 4 pm Saturday and closes the door on one of the most bitterly fought battles ever seen in the United States.

Manchin, a red-state Democrat who didn't announce his support for Kavanaugh until after Maine Republcian Sen.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

"Judge Kavanaugh is an extremely well-qualified nominee with a deep respect for the Constitution".

It was little surprise Donald Trump was among the first to cheer when senators chose to press ahead with a confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh.

She praised his judicial record and argued there was no corroboration of a sexual assault accusation made against him by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior.

The Senate's vote on Saturday (October 6) was 50 to 48 - the narrowest margin since 1881, the Washington Post points out - and came in almost precisely down party lines. "I think she will never recover from this", Trump said.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

Kay Coles James, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the vote "a victory for liberty in America" and called Kavanaugh "a good man and good jurist".

Mr Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 during a historic roll call vote in the Senate chamber.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said.

That's the longest confirmation process since Justice Clarence Thomas was elevated to the Supreme Court in 1991.

Earlier today, the Senate voted in favor of his confirmation, despite the concerns of many Americans about allegations of sexual assault on the part of the nominee and after a contentious Judiciary Committee hearing in which he was belligerent, insulting to committee members, overtly partisan, and appeared to make a number of misleading or demonstrably false statements.

Protests erupt in the Senate gallery as Senators vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. One Day at a Time co-showrunner reacted: "Nothing sounds more Handmaid's Tale than Mike Pence's voice over screams".

The Senate is expected to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon.

On the influential federal appeals court in D.C., Kavanaugh wrote opinions that sought to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, water down Obamacare's contraceptive mandate and impede an undocumented immigrant minor's efforts to obtain an abortion. I believe her. I am ashamed at the Republican's treatment of Dr. Ford, and the rushed, incomplete investigation that came out of it.

His confirmation provides a defining accomplishment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, which found a unifying force in the cause of putting a new conservative majority on the court.

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