'A profoundly heart-breaking day': Celebration and anger for Brett Kavanaugh confirmation

Kavanaugh poised to win SCOTUS seat Saturday afternoon

Kavanaugh poised to win SCOTUS seat Saturday afternoon

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building.

Kavanaugh becomes the nation's 114th Supreme Court justice and President Trump's second appointment to the court, creating a conservative majority on the nation's highest court for years to come.

Announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia that they'll support the conservative jurist made Saturday's confirmation vote a formality, an anticlimactic finale to a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.

Besides, the court fight was firing up Republican voters ahead of the midterm elections in ways the GOP leader said he couldn't have imagined. One more justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 85 years old, will lock in a conservative court for a generation. "The other side did it", he told reporters after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar".

"He's going to be on the Supreme Court with a huge taint and a big asterisk after his name", Hirono said on ABC News's "This Week". Both oaths will be administered so Kavanaugh can participate in the work of the court immediately. He also knocked the "tiny" crowd on the steps of the court.

Protesters rallied in Washington and other U.S. cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old jurist, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticised for his angry partisan rhetoric.

Trump has called for tougher libel laws in the past, most recently in a tweet that said he wanted the ability to seek "retribution" after journalist Bob Woodward's explosive book "Fear" detailed Trump's administration as plagued by chaos. The session was presided over by Pence.

The political scramble extended to Senate Democrats, with those of them running in states won by Trump in 2016 explained a critical vote that could, in part, determine their fate.

Democrats often call McConnell hypocritical on his standard for considering nominees.

Kavanaugh faced allegations from three women of alcohol-fueled sexual misconduct from his younger years, when he was in high school and college.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, said he, too, planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. "He is an outstanding person and I'm very honored to have chosen him", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas.

"You've seen some shifts, but I still think that we're in a strong place", said New Mexico Rep.

In outlining her argument, Collins argued that while she believes that Ford, who testified last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, "is a survivor of a sexual assault", she does not believe that the allegation was corroborated.

The Democratic Bay State delegation also quickly reacted - with unanimous condemnation of the vote. But she then asked to withdraw her "no" vote as a courtesy to Sen.

"We'd been trying to figure out how to get the base excited about this election, and nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight", McConnell said in a phone interview just before the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote. But he added that based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, "I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him".

She wanted to make clear, however, that her support of Kavanaugh does not mean she does not believe in the validity of the #MeToo movement.

As of about 4:30 ET, the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed a total of 164 arrests.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks.

They also fear he will argue that a sitting president can not be indicted if prosecutors investigating Mr Trump's campaign ties to Russian Federation attempt to pursue him in court.

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