Overcoming unprecedented opposition, Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as US Supreme Court judge

Sergio Conner
October 9, 2018

"The White House applauds the Senate for confirming President Trump's nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court".

There was also an outburst as Sen.

Kavanaugh's confirmation seemed all but sure on Friday when key Republicans and one Democrats, who had been undecided on the nomination, said they would support the judge.

Moran said he reviewed the FBI's most recent background investigation and said no witnesses interviewed by the FBI corroborated the allegations against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.

On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact".

The shrieking, anguished shouts of leftists began to fill the chamber in rounds - as it has so often since the very first hearing on Justice-designate Kavanaugh's nomination - from the moment Vice President Mike Pence attempted to the call the vote.

The Senate voted 50-48 to approve Kavanaugh as more than 1,000 protesters rallied in Washington against a nominee who had to overcome questions over his candour, partisan rhetoric and lifestyle as a young man.

Kavanaugh will be sworn in on Saturday "so that he can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately", according to a statement on the Supreme Court's website.

The struggle over Kavanaugh's nomination reflected the stakes.

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Kavanaugh faced accusations of sexual misconduct from Christine Blasey Ford and other women.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was one of the most contentious and controversial in Supreme Court history. Grassley says he's glad senators had the courage to "stand against the politics of personal destruction". "He is not only qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but he will be impartial and fair while serving on the court".

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's vote seems destined to be almost party-line. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. was the sole Democrat to vote "yes." Sen.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose the nominee, voted "present", offsetting the absence of Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines of Montana, who was attending his daughter's wedding.

Earlier in the day, the street outside the Supreme Court was the scene of anti-Kavanaugh protests that led to dozens of arrests.

Many people climbed the stairs before they were removed by the police. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, chanting, "November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors". But protesters overran the barricades and defiantly claimed the Capitol steps. In between, a line of Capitol police officers is standing with plastic handcuffs clipped to their belts.

Ten law professors from Iowa opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation based on his combative testimony September 27, signing onto a letter signed by more than 2,400 legal scholars that was sent to the Senate Thursday.

"Justice Kavanaugh will make an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court", McDaniel said.

Ramirez says in a statement released by her lawyers that the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to speak to witnesses who could corroborate her story.

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