Saturday, 20 October, 2018


"Shame on you!": Protesters, Democrats react to Kavanaugh confirmation

Kavanaugh poised to win SCOTUS seat Saturday afternoon US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
Hannah Rogers | 08 October, 2018, 01:36

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the bruising fight to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh wasn't the chamber's finest hour but insisted it will recover.

Sen. Susan Collins defended her support for newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and said she found no corroborating evidence for Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of sexual assault. "I think especially in this time when the rest of the political environment is so divided, every single one of us has an obligation to think about what it is that provides the court with its legitimacy".

Some Democrats in the House of Representatives have indicated Kavanaugh could face investigations or even potential impeachment if they win majorities in the House and possibly the Senate.

US President Donald Trump walks across the stage before speaking at a campaign rally at Kansas Expocentre, October 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas.

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

Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn.

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation into the Supreme Court Saturday by a 50-48 Senate vote brought massive response to social media, following weeks of political turmoil over the process.

Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

"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.

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

"Very, very good", Trump said.

Mike Easley appointed him and was a Superior Court judge for 12 years - released a statement on Kavanaugh within minutes of his Saturday afternoon nomination.

Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a jurist who could give conservatives a solid 5-4 ideological edge on the country's highest court and shape rulings for decades.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said. Brennan was confirmed the next year.

The showdown over Kavanaugh had echoes of current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' contentious confirmation hearings in 1991 involving sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by a law professor named Anita Hill. But we didn't attack the nominee, we didn't go on a search and destroy mission'.

Ahead of Saturday's vote, eyes were also on three other key swing votes, one of whom denounced Kavanaugh in a Friday floor speech. 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.

"As I watch numerous Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way". Kavanaugh is now Trump's second nominee to be seated on the high court, and the Senate has approved more circuit court judges this session of Congress than any other. "Vote them out!" and carried signs including, "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!" All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

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