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Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to United States supreme court”

Protesters rallied against Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday as the Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh forcefully and tearfully denied the accusations in a fiery opening statement and was openly hostile toward Democrats as they questioned him about the alleged assault and his drinking habits. "But certain fundamental legal principles about due process, the presumption of innocence and fairness do bear on my thinking, and I can not abandon them". Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his colleagues and predicted a bright future for his party.

Later, in a phone interview with Fox News, Trump said he was "very happy" that he did not pull the plug on Kavanaugh's nomination.

When Judge Kavanaugh was nominated this past July, his coworkers quickly made the comparison.

Protesters rallied in Washington and other United States cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old jurist, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticised for his angry partisan rhetoric.

The Senate confirmation allows him to hit the campaign trail ahead of the congressional elections saying that he has kept his 2016 promise to mold a more conservative American judiciary.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions. "Women will not forget this". "ME and America deserve better".

The vote brings an end to a raucous nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Mr Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers - and by his fiery rebuttal.

Since then, the country watched agape as one electric moment after another gushed forth.

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. Hundreds have been arrested on Capitol Hill this week.

But McConnell did have a Plan B in mind to quickly pivot to a new nominee if there wasn't enough support in the Senate for Kavanaugh. "And these women have the right to be heard", she said. But Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, is reportedly considering challenging Collins.

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday.

"Asked if Collins' words were in fact insulting to Ford, Hirono responded, "[Collins] said herself said that she's heard from so many survivors from her state and elsewhere.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", the senator said on the Senate floor.

Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.

Senator Manchin faces extraordinary political pressure. "The president and Republicans, what they are saying is that Democratic protesters are - quote - 'an angry mob, '" Bash said as Hirono laughed.

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

Trump went on to say that: "There is nobody with a squeaky-clean past Brett Kavanaugh".

Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, said in a tweet that Kavanaugh's confirmation capped, "A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature".

Mr Trump's choice of Judge Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was controversial from the beginning, but initial concerns were based around his conservative views.



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