Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Kavanaugh confirmed, quickly sworn in; major Trump victory

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Lisa Bryan | 09 October, 2018, 05:03

- Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him. And at about 3:45 p.m., during the Senate vote, 13 people were arrested and removed from several Senate galleries.

But the roll call was frequently interrupted by protesters in the gallery.

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the GOP's only breakaway senator, voted "present" to allow the nomination to squeak through in the absence of Sen.

Swing-vote Democrat Joe Manchen of West Virginia voted in favor of Kavanaugh, while swing-vote Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also voted in his favor.

NPR's Scott Detrow reported that as of around 1 p.m. ET Saturday, some protesters had broken through barriers set up in front of the Capitol and had made it as far as the main plaza and steps, where police began to slowly remove people one by one.

The NAACP condemns this reckless and deeply partisan rush to confirm Kavanaugh after critical issues were raised about his integrity, temperament, impartiality, history of sexual assault, and judicial record.

The most high profile of these allegations was that of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor who claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh denies the allegation, while she has stood by her testimony. These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce.

Joe Manchin (D) was the only Democrat who voted to support him, a decision he announced only after it was clear he would not be the deciding vote.

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. 'I don't remember.' How many years ago was it? Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was sometimes a swing vote on controversial matters.


Representatives for Ford argued that Republicans were trying to undermine her credibility just hours before Kavanaugh's confirmation.

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. The cloture numbers suggested that the majority of votes would fall directly along party lines; in this respect, they did not disappoint.

Brett Kavanaugh is the next justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Even before the sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants. The Senate confirmed the nomination with a vote of 50-48.

With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade.

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh gathered on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court. Steve Daines, who is in Montana to attend his daughter's wedding and would have voted "yea" on Kavanaugh.

'I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!' Trump said as the crowd cheered.

'This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh. Still, Collins said, the allegations "fail to meet the "more likely than not" standard", and "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".

The attorneys also again addressed controversy over Ford's supposed reluctance to let the Judiciary Committee interview her in California.

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