US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice
- Author: Marlene Weaver Oct 08, 2018,
Oct 08, 2018, 1:35
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as US Supreme Court justice on Saturday, the court said, after a deeply divided US Senate confirmed him to the court and Republicans dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct against the conservative judge. "I think it was a very important thing".
"The Senate's not broken, and we didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him", McConnell averred.
In final remarks just before the voting, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a vote for Kavanaugh was "a vote to end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate's history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow".
In his first tweet after the vote, Trump said he told Republican Senator Steve Daines it was alright to miss the vote for his daughter's wedding back home in Montana.
Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Kansas for a political rally, Trump said he was "very, very, very happy" about the vote and said Kavanaugh will be "a brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years".
Yet Kavanaugh's path to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s.
When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine.
During a rally in MS last week, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she told lawmakers there were details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember. The only way we can get people to do what we think they should do is because people respect us, " Justice Elena Kagan said.
The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics, disrupting the status quo on Capitol Hill and firing up both Republicans and opposition Democrats a month before crucial midterm elections.
She said on the Senate floor late Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".
Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening, in Washington, DC, after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nailbiting votes, and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed. And then rowdy celebrations and beer hashtags among the masses of Republicans who say he was falsely accused, as he insisted throughout his confirmation battle.
Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations against him. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said. I don't know. Where's the house?
Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland noted that several key issues framing the Nov 6 vote could all come before a Supreme Court pitched to the right by Kavanaugh's presence. In the short term he will provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.
"Is it more likely than not that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Ford?", Collins later added. 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.
On a practical level, the four liberal justices need a vote from the right side of the court in which they otherwise divide on the familiar ideological fault lines.