Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senate Votes On Kavanaugh Nomination

Senate Votes On Kavanaugh Nomination

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in a narrow 50-48 vote in the Senate on Saturday afternoon after one of the most contentious nominations in decades.

Kennedy administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices' Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building.

Unpopular overall and a factor for the midterms: Even before the sexual misconduct allegations against him, Kavanaugh had been polling as one of the least popular Supreme Court nominees in recent times However, a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that amid the Kavanaugh controversy, the gap in the enthusiasm between Republicans and Democrats for the midterms has closed.

Kavanaugh's nomination, one of the most contentious in USA history, had roiled Washington and the US political scene for weeks, with Kavanaugh accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her when both were high school teenagers more than 30 years ago, allegations that in the end did not derail the appointment of the appellate court judge one level up to the high court. But I say to you my fellow Americans: "There is one answer: "Vote".

On Saturday night, Trump portrayed his successful confirmation vote on Kavanaugh as a reason voters should elect Republicans in next month's nationwide congressional elections, when the political control of Congress is at stake.

McConnell argues history is on his side when it comes to a president in the opposition party nominating a Supreme Court justice in his final year in office, a hint things may be different with a Republican in the Oval Office.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.

In stressing Kavanaugh's frequent agreement with Judge Merrick Garland on the federal appeals court in Washington, the new justice's backers seem to be suggesting that Kavanaugh's vote can not be taken for granted.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks in Friday's cloture vote.

Murkowski said Friday that Kavanaugh was "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn in quickly and will join four liberal justices and four other conservatives as the court, which is expected soon to hear controversial disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights and voting rights.

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"It's a big day for the country, a big day for the administration and a big day for the Republican Senate", McConnell said.

A Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin, who represents West Virginia, a heavily pro-Trump state, voted for Kavanaugh.

Ford testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had drunkenly attacked her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday. Susan Collins (R-ME) for her doubting of the woman who raised sexual assault accusations against him.

During his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a majority of the clerks he hired were women, which he said should be an indicator of his views about women in the workplace.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh came under intense scrutiny after multiple women came forward to accuse the 53-year-old judge of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

The final vote by the entire Senate was further delayed by Republican Senator Floyd Flake, a critic of Trump, demanding an investigation of Ford's allegations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Brett Kavanaugh is the polar opposite of an honest arbiter.

"You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob", he said.

Every Democrat except Sen. The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony.

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