Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Final Kavanaugh Vote Comes With a Whimper, Not a Bang

Final Kavanaugh Vote Comes With a Whimper, Not a Bang

The Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, putting a second nominee from President Donald Trump on the highest court in the land.

Ten law professors from Iowa opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation based on his combative testimony September 27, signing onto a letter signed by more than 2,400 legal scholars that was sent to the Senate Thursday.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this terrible, awful attack by the Democrats".

In Indiana, Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, who voted against Kavanaugh, now tops Republican challenger Mike Braun by two points (43-41 percent), according to the latest Fox News polling.

But the supplemental FBI investigation was flawed from the beginning with Republicans limiting who agents could speak to and what evidence they could gather to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, including refusing to let agents interview Ford.

His confirmation came after Dr Christine Blasey Ford accused him of a historic sexual assault, and two other claims of misconduct.

The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests. "He is not only qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but he will be impartial and fair while serving on the court".

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In confirming Judge Kavanaugh the Senate has confirmed a good man with an impeccable record of honoring the U.S. Constitution, Judicial Watch said. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Kavanaugh, who categorically denied the claims every step of the way, was widely criticised for his own testimony in front of the judiciary committee, reacting angrily to many questions and repeating senator's questions back to them. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), a Kavanaugh backer who was attending his daughter's wedding back home.

They said he also seems too ready to rule for Mr Trump in a possible federal court case against the president.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", said Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY, looking ahead to November. "I'm a 100%. I have no doubt", he said. Although her fellow senator from Alaska, Republican Dan Sullivan, voted for Kavanaugh, Alaska's governor and lieutenant governor opposed his confirmation.

Sophia Piper, a 16-year-old from Kavanaugh's hometown of Bethesda, Md., told Van Sant she chose to demonstrate against Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday "in support of all survivors who have told their stories and been met with disbelief from their parents, law enforcement, any other adult in power in their lives". Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call. "And if he does get it, then evangelicals will likely come out to vote".

"We have to mourn the lack of seriousness the Senate showed toward credible allegations of sexual assault", said Sen.

"It's certainly been a difficult situation", she said of the hard feelings over the Kavanaugh nomination. "We must work in a civil and forthright way on behalf of the American people who elected us to represent them". "Having weighed the over 500,000 documents provided, five days of public testimony and the thorough vetting completed on Judge Kavanaugh, I voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a justice of the Supreme Court". "I don't believe Judge Kavanaugh's temperament is consistent with someone who has the honor to serve on the Supreme Court".

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