Sen. Jeff Flake votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed To Supreme Court By 50-48 Vote

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed To Supreme Court By 50-48 Vote

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say she will not further pursue her allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump and the Republicans said the probe supported their contention that Ford's allegations were "uncorroborated", but Democrats - and Ford - said the investigation was inadequate.

US President Donald Trump praised the Senate on Twitter for approving "our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court". Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in late July after 30 years on the court, spending many of those years as a pivotal vote on hot-button issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and affirmative action.

Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.

"We worked hard, and we got ourselves the finest legal minds, one of the finest human beings", he said of Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 on party lines on September 28 to move Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

But his ascent to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt when university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that he had sexually assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.

In the end, Republicans were able to use their monopoly on political power on Capitol Hill and the White House to muscle through the confirmation, which was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. And this is what she gave them in return.

Murkowski said Friday that Kavanaugh was "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

After less than a week of investigation, the FBI presented its 1,000-page document, in which Republicans said it told them "nothing new" about the allegations, and did not corroborate Ford's story.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this awful, frightful attack by the Democrats". Democratic senators said it had been incomplete.

Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.

So, if it was Kavanaugh as Ford alleges, why not file a police report?

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the sole Democrat to back Kavanaugh, while Alaska's Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, was the only Republican to oppose him.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., heads to the Senate floor for the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018. In a speech on the Senate floor that lasted nearly 45 minutes, Collins defended Kavanaugh and his record and declared that she would support him.

Trump's supporters seemed just as happy as the president to celebrate Kavanaugh's confirmation - and rejected the accusations against Kavanaugh, which Trump did not specifically mention after mocking Ford's testimony at a rally on Tuesday.

About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs.

Hundreds of demonstrators protested on Capitol Hill, chanting "vote them out" and "November is coming".

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

Vice President Mike Pence had to call the room to order after protesters broke in at the start of the vote, shouting "shame on you".

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his colleagues and predicted a bright future for his party.

"The Supreme Court, thank God, is a sacrosanct institution that can withstand much", Conway said.

The conservative was confirmed as judge.

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