Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court, despite sexual assault accusations

Watch live: Final Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court | Trending
Ray Hunter | 09 October, 2018, 05:29

Susan Collins, R-Maine, for praise and commended her for her decisive "yea" vote for Kavanaugh.

And he says he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh was something positive.

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

Trump is expected to watch the vote play out from aboard Air Force One as he flies to Kansas.

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses a news conference after the Senate voted to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the US Capitol in Washington October 6, 2018.

Democrats say Mr Kavanaugh will push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for President Trump should he encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign. Brown also expressed his gratitude and admiration to Christine Blasey Ford as she came forward at great personal cost to share her story.

Ultimately, Collins voted for Kavanaugh's confirmationwhile Murkowski voted with a "present", which was a procedural "no."They announced their plans for their votes on Friday, after the cloture vote happened". Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

The message came minutes after the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh, 50-48. Sen. The Federalist Society and Republicans selected him to tip the balance of the Supreme Court against women's rights, civil rights, justice, and progress. The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony.

During yesterday's vote, senators were showered with cries of "We will not forget", and "Survivors vote" from protesters in the Senate gallery.

A total of 164 people were arrested according to U.S. Capitol Police. "They both start with the proposition that the court's job is not to make law but to apply the Constitution and statutes as they were written, to the facts of a case", Risch's statement reads.

As Van Hollen spoke on a hushed Senate floor, hundreds of demonstrators rushed onto the central steps of the Capitol, breaking through crowd control barriers which had sealed off part of the plaza in front of the U.S. Senate. In between, a line of Capitol police officers is standing with plastic handcuffs clipped to their belts.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court -tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

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"Judge Kavanaugh will be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice", said Sen. In the debate preceding the vote, senators sounded as though they were describing two different men.

"James Woods tweeted out his support of Kavanaugh: "#winning". That's barring a last-minute change of mind. In 1861, nominee Jeremiah Black was defeated by a vote of 26-25.

The vice president can vote in the event of a Senate tie.

Melania (meh-LAH'-nee-ah) Trump is offering some supportive words for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The first lady is wrapping up a four-country tour of Africa. He expressed empathy for sexual assault victims, but said that after factoring in the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution". Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

Democratic US Senator Tammy Baldwin believes Kavanaugh lacks the temperament needed to serve.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh an apparent formality after a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

Republicans are trying to cling to a narrow 51-49 Senate majority in congressional elections that will be held on November 6.

President Trump hailed his choice as "just an extraordinary person, a great talent".

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