Kavanaugh confirmed: Senate OKs Supreme Court nominee

09 October, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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- Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., amid outcries from protesters in the Senate gallery, Vice President Mike Pence ordered the Senate clerk to begin calling the roll for the vote.

As Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., - whose demand for a one-week delay in the vote pending an Federal Bureau of Investigation review of sexual assault allegations against the nominee provided Kavanaugh opponents hope he would vote "no" - was about to be called on, a male protester stood up, started walking toward the exit and with voice barely raised, stated simply, "Flake, you're a disgrace" and motioned toward Capitol Police and staffers that he wasn't about to struggle.

Manchin (D-W.V.) was seen as one of the possible swing votes on Kavanaugh, but on Friday he came out as the lone Democrat to support President Trump's pick for the high court.

Just before Flake cast his "aye" vote, someone from above shouted, "You're a coward, Flake".

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

Allegations against Kavanaugh arose late in the confirmation process that he sexually abused women decades ago. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who ran the contentious hearings that riveted the country and culminated in a dramatic day of testimony between the nominee and a woman who accused him of drunkenly groping her in high school.

But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has inflamed political passions.

It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

His nomination and subsequent confirmation have provoked widespread and furious protests from women across the United States and the wider world, at a time when the Me Too movement is more prominent in our society than ever before.

"He is a strong, principled, qualified jurist who will defend liberty and adhere to the Constitution as written", he said.

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson released the following remarks regarding the Senate confirmation of nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"Today's vote to confirm him will do lasting damage to the integrity of the Court, as well as the American people's trust in its institutions to do the right thing". That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted.

Those voting outside party lines include Joseph Manchin III (D-WV) who voted for Judge Kavanaugh. Steve Daines, R-Mont., a Kavanaugh supporter who was at his daughter's wedding on Saturday.

Republican Senator Deb Fischer described Kavanaugh as "one of the most thoughtful, pre-eminent judges in our nation".

Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes. And they've sent women and survivors of sexual assault a chilling message: "politics come before justice in the U.S. Senate".

"I always thought that landslides were kind of boring anyways", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at a relatively subdued GOP press conference after the tight vote.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said Murkowski will face political consequences for opposing Kavanaugh.

"Judge Kavanaugh will be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice", said Sen.


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