Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court after bitter fight

Senate Republicans tightly controlled the disclosure process for Kavanaugh's public record, limiting the scope of documents released and scheduling hearings and a final vote before the National Archives could release the entirety of the Kavanaugh documents.

The final vote took place Saturday afternoon as the president was flying to Kansas aboard Air Force One, and he invited traveling reporters to his private office to watch the climactic roll call, which was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate galleries before Capitol Police removed them.

Kavanaugh's passage to the Supreme Court was pretty much cleared for victory after key senators - Republicans Susan Collins and Jeff Flake and Democrat Joe Manchin - announced on Friday that they would support him.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his Senate colleagues while Vice President Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a "historic day for our country". Protesters confronted a man with a cutout of President Donald Trump who was in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation; one attempted to rip the cutout's head off, KTVB reported.

Kavanaugh's confirmation brings to an end, days of drama surrounding accusations of sexual misconduct made by women from his college days.

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The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together. Afterward, Republicans declared that the FBI had not found any corroborating witnesses, while Democrats blasted the limited scope of the investigation, which they said ignored dozens of witnesses willing to corroborate allegations of sexual misconduct and lying under oath.

Kavanaugh's confirmation felt almost inevitable by Friday afternoon, when two previously undecided senators, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced they would support him.

Trump congratulated the Senate on "confirming our GREAT NOMINEE". and says he will sign Kavanaugh's Commission of Appointment and swear him in later today. Kavanaugh is the second Trump pick to make it to the Supreme Court, after Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in April 2017 for a vacancy help open for for more than a year by Senate Republicans. And the nature of the fight over Kavanaugh will trigger recriminations inside the Senate and political reverberations outside for years to come.

The protest comes as Kavanaugh is preparing to be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

McConnell called Kavanaugh "among the very best our nation has to offer." Sen. Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, while Democrats and two independents aligned with them hold the remaining 49.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate October 06, 2018, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The judge, who is a darling of the Republican and libertarian organisation the Federalist Society, has been the subject of a host of sexual assault allegations since being nominated by USA president Donald Trump.

In a floor speech later on Friday, Murkowski expressed sympathy for both Ford and Kavanaugh. He stood by Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with a history of advancing Republican causes. "Slow grip tightening to remind us we got above ourselves".

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on November 6.

Although Ms Murkowski had said Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", she also said he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". Susan Collins of ME and red state Democratic Sen.

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

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