Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

Brandon  The Associated Press

Brandon The Associated Press

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

Brett Kavanaugh, the new US Supreme Court justice picked by President Donald Trump, has been confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.

President Donald Trump's controversial Supreme Court pick was approved by senators on Saturday in highly unusual scenes where protesters heckled from the Senate's public gallery as politicians cast votes. He is the second Supreme Court justice appointed under Trump. U.S. president Donald Trump had nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, 2018, as a replacement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In a separate appearance on CBS News's "Face the Nation", the majority leader predicted that the anti-Kavanaugh protests will backfire by energizing the Republican base in the November 6 mid-term elections, in which the GOP is looking to hang on to its majorities in the House and Senate.

Democrats are already promising to use the Kavanaugh confirmation as an issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he added.

For Trump, the past week brought another victory ahead of the elections: He managed to redeem a 2016 poll pledge to get the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with Canada and Mexico changed to more favourable terms for the United States and achieved it by brow-beating Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament. Conservative judges will have a 5-4 majority in the court over liberal justices.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening, in Washington, DC, after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nailbiting votes, and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed.

While she said she was 100 per cent sure the assailant was him, she acknowledged she did not remember numerous details.

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union". "She took a lie detector test. Corroboration was there".

In the end, the Senate delivered on the country's divisions nearly as cleanly as possible, with only a single Democrat and a single Republican voting with colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

McConnell credited a meeting to discuss the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe with undecided Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski as proving critical to the success of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

She said that when Kavanaugh was first nominated to federal court in 2004 his nomination was delayed by Democrats for two years and he faced very hostile hearings. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.

The investigation was wrapped up in about five days and it convinced Flake to back Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh graduated form Yale law school in 1983 and started his legal career under former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who carried out the probe that eventually led to former US President Bill Clinton's impeachment in 1999.

And while only she herself can really judge whether she feels she was personally annihilated in the process, the vicious personal attacks by Republican legislators and conservative activists must surely have rattled her to the core - not to mention the vile insults and the death threats she and her family had to endure since her coming forward.

An Indian American federal appeals court judge, Amul Thapar, was among those Trump considered for the Supreme Court before deciding on Kavanaugh.

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