Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Trump wins: Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court

Trump wins: Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court

"President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Bush said in a statement in July.

The Senate vote was 50-48.Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined Republicans in backing Kavanaugh.

But Republican operatives say internal polling now shows Kavanaugh's acrimonious confirmation has given the party a much-needed boost, with GOP voters viewing Democrats as overzealous partisans following the public testimony by Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of trying to rape her while they were both in high school. "I think it was the right thing to do". Key House Democrats have said they would investigate Kavanaugh.

To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it a "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.

He praised his Republican colleagues. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.

The hearing triggered a "limited" FBI investigation into the allegations.

Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One what message he had for women across the country who feel the nomination sends a message that their allegations of sexual assault aren't believed, Trump disagreed with the premise, saying women "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh" and "were in many ways stronger than the men in his favour".

Allegations of sexual assault raised during senate confirmation hearings dominated headlines and divided the US.

The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.

Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982. "I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation", he said to roars.

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Roche said. "We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends". Murkowski isn't the only prominent Republican who has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh or his confirmation process.

The dispute over Kavanaugh has added fuel to campaigning for the elections in November when Democrats will try to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

"This is a a good day for America and an important day for the Senate".

To Democrats, Kavanaugh's ascent to the Supreme Court in spite of decades-old sexual misconduct allegations will only deepen the party's pull with female voters, including independents and moderates who may have previously voted for Republicans.

Kavanaugh's confirmation means the nine-justice court now has a solid 5-4 conservative majority that is likely to move the court further to the right as it rules on contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, transgender rights, industry regulation and presidential powers.

During a political rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump mockingly mimicked Ford, claiming her allegations against Kavanaugh lacked sufficient detail. But we didn't attack the nominee, we didn't go on a search and destroy mission'.

Hirono then amplified her criticism of Collins, expressing shock that her fellow senator would claim Ford didn't know with certainty the identity of her attacker.

In the meantime, the focus will be on the court's new majority's willingness to take on controversial issues.

Ahead of the vote, hundreds of people protested against Mr Kavanaugh's nomination at the US Capitol in Washington.

"Any remaining belief I had that admirable Republicans still exist, is dying, exhaling its last breath", another added. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line. Elizabeth Warren, who voted against Kavanaugh yesterday along with U.S. Sen.

Murkowski stated: "With my friend, the Senator from Montana, Mr. Daines, who is walking his daughter down the aisle this afternoon, if he were present and voting, he would have voted 'aye.' I have voted 'no.' The pair will not change the outcome of the vote; I therefore withdraw my vote".

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