Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

This is the second Supreme Court appointment by President Donald Trump, who said Judge Kavanaugh would be sworn in the same day.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.

Wilson's congressman says he's "extremely disappointed" in the Senate's confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the United States' 114th Supreme Court justice.

Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come. USA president Donald Trump had nominated Kavanaugh on July 9, 2018, as a replacement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"I am sad that President Obama's nominee for the Court, Merrick Garland, couldn't even get an interview with many Senators, let alone a hearing before the full Senate despite the Constitutional requirement that the Senate "advise and consent" on the President's Supreme Court nominations".

Then, on Friday Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from ME who Democrats thought might derail the Kavanaugh train, said she would vote for him.

She also alleged that at some parties, boys lined up by a bedroom to "gang-rape" incapacitated girls and claimed those in the lineup included Kavanaugh and Judge. "What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI and that's what she sought to do here", Katz said.

Ford's lead attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, told CNN that Ford will not seek to have Kavanaugh impeached should Democrats regain control of Congress after the midterm elections. Kavanaugh followed her with testimony that was often emotional or angry, as he forcefully declared his innocence and assailed the accusations against him as the product of an orchestrated effort by the left to torpedo his nomination.

The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament.

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"Shame on you!" protesters yelled from the Senate gallery. "Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh's record or past have shown he will be such a justice".

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

But Senator Ed Markey insisted ahead of the confirmation that it would only galvanize Democrats to deliver a "devastating" blow to Republicans at the ballot box. But two other key senators, Senators Susan Collins of ME and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for cloture, with Collins indicating that she would announce her final decision on how to vote by 3 pm on Friday.

Murkowski concluded that Kavanaugh would not be a threat to protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions or to Alaska Natives, she said in her speech on the Senate floor Friday night. Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday 50-48.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested on Capitol Hill this week - including several dozen in the hours leading to the final vote.

The upper house is split 51-49 in favour of the Republicans and the vote was largely along party lines.

He said Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, disgusting attack" that "nobody should have to go through". Indeed, McConnell argued, Kavanaugh is "among the best the country has to offer" and "unquestionably deserves confirmation, and the country deserves such a Supreme Court justice". She voted "present", balancing out Daines' absence.

Kavanaugh is likely to be sworn in as the court's newest associate justice soon, and he could be on the bench as soon as Tuesday, when the justices return to hear oral arguments again.

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he said.

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