With razor thin margin, Brett Kavanaugh confirmed as US Supreme Court Justice

Donald Trump praised his choice during a rally in Kansas

Donald Trump praised his choice during a rally in Kansas

On Friday, the Senate voted 51-49 to move Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to a final vote, which took place Saturday afternoon.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.

Brett Kavanaugh, who faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, has been sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court after the closest Senate vote in more than 100 years.

Anticipating Kavanaugh's confirmation, some groups have explored the impeachment process for removing him from the high court.

Installing Judge Kavanaugh as a Justice makes that wound persist and makes the Supreme Court its symbol.

Kavanaugh's confirmation as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

"The Democrats are going to pivot to the election, and we're going to turn this nomination into a referendum on whether or not Donald Trump can be trusted to name federal judges or to continue to control an absolute monopoly on creating public policy in the United States", Markey told reporters.

Mr Kavanaugh was earlier sworn in to the nine-judge court, after the Senate confirmed him by 50 votes to 48, following controversy over allegations he sexually assaulted a female fellow student in the 1980s.

"I believe we are dealing with issues right now that are bigger than a nominee", she said, and it "just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time". Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

Kavanaugh denied the accusations against him, but the Senate Judiciary Committee held a new hearing on September 27.

Ultimately with no evidence from 36 years ago, the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing convinced only one Republican and one Democrat to switch sides.

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

Several were arrested after protesting from the Senate Gallery.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a weeklong delay of the Senate vote.

Trump ordered the investigation that night, calling for "a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file" that would be "limited in scope and completed in less than one week".

Regarding the decision not to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview Kavanaugh or Ford, McConnell said, "None of them wanted to do that".

"I applaud the Senate and its Republican leadership for staying the course and maintaining a fair process that validates the presumption of innocence in our society and for not allowing rumor, slander and unsubstantiated claims to be the determining basis by which a qualified person is allowed to serve". Susan Collins several times ahead of her announcement Friday that she would support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court - and he's been out of office for almost a decade.

That's a question Americans will to ponder as they reflect on the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle.

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

Even as demonstrations raged outside the Supreme Court, it was the climax to one of the nastiest nomination fights in American history.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his colleagues while Vice President Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a "historic day for our country".

Kavanaugh's confirmation leaves the Senate traumatized with Republicans and Democrats as estranged as at any time in recent memory, reflecting the cavernous divides in the country itself during a presidency that has ignited rare political passions.

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