Kavanaugh confirmed, quickly sworn in; major Trump victory

Saul Bowman
October 9, 2018

President Donald Trump has said that he is looking forward to the Senate vote that is vote expected to confirm his second Supreme Court nominee. The former justice said Kavanaugh's partisan remarks during the confirmation hearings showed potential bias that could impact the credibility of future court decisions, according to The New York Times. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago. As one woman was removed from the gallery, her bloodcurdling scream echoed throughout the chamber as the vote paused, waiting for quiet to resume. Meanwhile, Manchin was getting a lot of pats on the back from Republican Sens.

"He will be a great justice of the Supreme Court". Feinstein met privately with Kavanaugh many times, but she refused to bring up Ford's allegations. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced they would support him.

Right before Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake voted in favor of Kavanaugh, one man stood up and shouted: "You are a coward Flake, a total coward".

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

That should have meant a 51-49 tally, but the absence of Republican Steve Daines, a yes voter who was at his daughter's wedding, altered the final tally.

Collins said Saturday that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion".

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box". However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed 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. Kavanaugh's name first appeared on a November 2017 iteration of the list, which came out weeks after the judge made a speech at a right-leaning think tank that was interpreted by some as signaling a willingness to roll back abortion rights.

More than 300 have been arrested in anti-Kavanaugh protests this week in the nation's capital.

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party.

Hours later, Kavanaugh, his family by his side, was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. "Having weighed the over 500,000 documents provided, five days of public testimony and the thorough vetting completed on Judge Kavanaugh, I voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a justice of the Supreme Court". And it was Bush who nominated him to be a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006. "It's crucial that we listen to their voices and not dismiss or ignore them".

The fight ended up less about judicial views than the sexual assault accusations that riveted the nation and are certain to continue a national debate and #MeToo reckoning that is yet to be resolved.

"It's certainly been a difficult situation", she said of the hard feelings over the Kavanaugh nomination.

Democrats say Mr Kavanaugh will push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for President Trump should he encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign.

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