Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

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Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as America's 114th Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony at the Court on Saturday night, hours after a 50-48 Senate vote to confirm him.

"Since right from the moment we announced, radical Democrats launched a disgraceful campaign to resist, obstruct, delay, demolish and destroy, right from the beginning", Trump said.

McConnell blocked Democratic President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016, arguing at the time that voters should have a say in the matter in that year's election. Kavanaugh staunchly denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

Trump told a raucous rally in Kansas late Saturday that the confirmation marked "a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

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". In the end, there was indeed a two-vote margin, the closest nomination vote since 1881.

"There were enough other aspects and allegations and reports that we wanted the FBI to investigate", Hirono replied to Bash.

Susan Collins defended her decision to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in an interview that aired Sunday, but admitted it will be up to the voters of ME to eventually decide how they feel about it.

The intense debate over sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh gripped the American public for weeks, bringing protesters out in force on Capitol Hill and across the country, including near the homes of lawmakers.

Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.

Kavanaugh denied the assault accusations made against him by Christine Blasey Ford, a university psychology professor who alleged that he attacked her at a suburban Washington house party when he was 17 and she was 15.

The Time's Up campaign praised a turning tide in United States attitudes, but said "it's heartbreaking but not surprising that this small group of largely white men made a decision that valued the career of one man above all else".

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

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

The confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh manifested in gradients of misery across the political left - from troughs of despair to peaks of anguished rage as a man accused of a drunken sexual assault assumed the judiciary's highest seat.

Warren is using the Kavanaugh confirmation as a main talking point as she considers a run for president in 2020.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.

Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said. Hundreds were detained or arrested in various demonstrations leading up to Saturday's final vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. In the short term he will provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.

"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added. "I don't know. I don't know". "If they won't listen to our voices, then they'll listen to our vote".

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