Susan Rice Considering a 2020 Challenge to Senator Collins in Maine

President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice talk on the phone with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco to receive an update on a terrorist attack in Brussels Belgium. The President made the call from the residence of the U.S. Chi

President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice talk on the phone with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco to receive an update on a terrorist attack in Brussels Belgium. The President made the call from the residence of the U.S. Chi

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

Adding to a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouted "Shame on you!" and briefly interrupted the vote.

The group was working at the Supreme Court on Sunday to help prepare Kavanaugh for his debut on this Supreme Court bench this week. Police stood guard at the doors.

As Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Contemplation of Justice statue.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a gathering when they were in high school - a claim he has steadfastly denied.

Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

Collins told Bash that while she found Ford's testimony "heart-wrenching", the fact that both Ford and Kavanaugh said they were "100 percent certain" of their statements meant that she had to look to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for additional corroborating evidence.

Trump went on to say that: "There is nobody with a squeaky-clean past Brett Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins defended her vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in an interview Saturday in Washington with News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ). He later telephoned his congratulations to the new justice, then at the rally returned to his own attack on the Democrats as "an angry left-wing mob".

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

They appeared to have counted on delaying the confirmation process so that if the Senate majority flips to their side in the November elections, they can block him and temper Trump's future nominations.

Trump said on Saturday that the lone Republican to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would "never recover from this". "These things always blow over", he told a news conference.

Ahead of the vote, hundreds of people protested against Mr Kavanaugh's nomination at the US Capitol in Washington.

Collins said Sunday she felt the additional investigation was particularly important "because I believe that Dr. Ford is a survivor of a sexual assault, and what I was trying to determine was whether Brett Kavanaugh was the person who committed that sexual assault".

Besides the accusations of sexual misconduct, another issue - abortion rights - mobilised the opposition to Kavanaugh.

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) cast his vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"Their strategy to capitalize on the "Me Too" movement for the political purposes backfired on them", Republican strategist Alice Stewart said of Democrats.

McConnell even welcomed the acrimony of the political brawl.

"It's energized our base going into the election in a way we had not been able to figure out how to do prior to this", McConnell said.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to reject Republicans.

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