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Final vote begins for Kavanaugh confirmation

Final vote begins for Kavanaugh confirmation”

The judge, who is a darling of the Republican and libertarian organisation the Federalist Society, has been the subject of a host of sexual assault allegations since being nominated by U.S. president Donald Trump.

The Senate is poised on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh as an associate justice.

Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible, Oct. 6, 2018.

He graduated with a law degree from Yale and clerked for Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court. "We must work in a civil and forthright way on behalf of the American people who elected us", he continued.

Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his Senate colleagues while Vice President Mike Pence, who presided in the Senate during the vote, called it a "historic day for our country".

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

Democrats slammed that investigation as "incomplete".

He's says, "it's a very exciting time".

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".

Ford's allegations disrupted what had appeared to be a relatively smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh. Police began arresting those who refused to leave.

It was little surprise Donald Trump was among the first to cheer when senators made a decision to press ahead with a confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh. Hangers and worse have been delivered to their offices, a Roe v. Wade reference.

"This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who sexually assaulted me".

The FBI interviewed Ramirez as part of a background check investigation opened by the White House. Democrats dismissed the truncated report as insufficient.

Two Republican waverers, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, finally chose to back the judge. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge.

Kavanaugh, in an opinion piece published this week in The Wall Street Journal, said he views his role as a judge as that of "an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no political party, litigant or policy". In the debate preceding the vote, senators sounded as though they were describing two different men.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

As the Senate tried to recover from its charged atmosphere, Murkowski's move offered a moment of civility. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".

Kavanaugh's confirmation had already been all but sealed Friday, when he won the support of key Senate Republican Susan Collins and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin.

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh an apparent formality after a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said, "The Senate has been an embarrassment". "But we make a lot of big asks of judges".



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