Mitch McConnell dodges question on Supreme Court nomination in 2020 election

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

Within hours of the Senate vote on Saturday 50 to 48 in his favour, Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, solidifying the conservative majority in the nation's top court.

United States President Donald Trump celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court at a rally in Kansas on Saturday, condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against Kavanaugh. "It's not going to be lost on anyone on the court that everybody is going to be watching the new court to see which issues they engage in", said Paul Clement, solicitor general under President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh denied all allegations against him.

Noting that only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached, Coons said the Senate needed to show leadership and seek to heal the country.

Oddly, Ms Murkowski will also separately be counted for a "yes" vote. Asked Saturday whether that factored into her vote, Murkowski replied, "Every one of us brings experiences, life experiences to the position that we hold here".

Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar".

Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nine justices recognize the small world they inhabit, suggesting that the tense atmosphere surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination is unlikely to be replicated on the court.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh may well swing the court rightward for decades to come.

Unlike the other swing voters who revealed their decisions the last few days in splashy speeches and high-profile interviews, the first indication that Murkowski had chose to oppose Kavanaugh arrived when she cast a vote against advancing his nomination on Friday morning.

People protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington. "Women will not forget this".

After Kavanaugh's name was put forward as a potential nominee for the vacant position on the court, Ford came forward with allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her under the influence of alcohol when they were in high school.

But her "no" vote will be balanced by a "yes" from the only Democrat set to back the nomination.

Hirono also sidestepped Bash's question on whether Michael Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels, hurt the Democrats' arguments against Kavanaugh's confirmation by representing a third woman to make allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Though the fight to confirm Trump's pick is now official over, the impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation will have a lasting effect.

"Democrats have been trying to destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh since the very first second he was announced", Trump declared as he rallied voters in Minnesota on Thursday night.

Kavanaugh has served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades. This fight has made our tribalism much more vociferous and has polarized us even further. Republicans say that anger on the right at the way Democrats treated Kavanaugh may have energized their voters as well.

While she said she was 100 per cent sure the assailant was him, she acknowledged she did not remember numerous details. Mr Flake has been a frequent critic of Mr Trump but said he would vote yes, barring any major changes in evidence.

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