Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to the Supreme Court of the U.S.

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

"The manic rush to place Judge Kavanaugh on the bench was more important to the Senate than these women", Sen. U.S. Capitol Police began arresting some of them. Republicans called it "very thorough", while Democrats said the report "looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation".

Before departing, Trump said that he was "really looking forward to the vote", and lauded Kavanaugh as an "extraordinary person" and "great talent".

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

Joe Manchin crossing the aisle and becoming the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh's nomination. Every voting Republican backed the 53-year-old conservative judge.

An actor portraying Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, who broke party ranks to vote for Kavanaugh, then walks past and punches Moffat's Schumer in the groin. She told reporters Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time". If three of those four vote for Kavanaugh, he is confirmed without Pence needing to jump in. "Women will not forget this".

Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Christine Blasey Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Mr. Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.

Kavanaugh's opponents raised concerns that he'd push the court further right, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump.

He disputed predictions that women voters angry about Kavanaugh's nomination could punish his party in the congressional elections on November 6.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry. She also spoke of the constituents who reached out to tell her of their stories of assault.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

Protesters could be found inside the U.S. Capitol as well.

Winnie Wong, senior adviser to the Women's March, one of several liberal groups that have organized opposition to Kavanaugh, said the protest was the first of several "coordinated disruptions" planned for the day.

"You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that's what they've become", he said.

But Collins, a moderate, pro-choice lawmaker from ME, said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him lacked corroborating evidence.

The reaction has been swift, with former President George Bush and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders both tweeting their support for Collins. Manchin faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a motion on Wednesday for a cloture vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, which was the Friday vote.

Shortly after Kavanaugh's appointment was confirmed, King shared a photo of a sleeping baby wearing a bow and wrote, "Soon, babies like this little angel will be protected in the womb by law". And they said Kavanaugh's record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.

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