Trump praises Collins for support of Kavanaugh: 'Susan was incredible'

Trump praises Collins for support of Kavanaugh: 'Susan was incredible'”

Mr Kavanaugh was earlier sworn in to the nine-judge court, after the Senate confirmed him by 50 votes to 48, following controversy over allegations he sexually assaulted a female fellow student in the 1980s. She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".

And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life. He said he "found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist".

Activists demonstrate on the lawn of the East Front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018, in Washington.

The Democratic Bay State delegation also quickly reacted - with unanimous condemnation of the vote.

Donald Trump has congratulated the United States senate following the win.

After Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies. Dianne Feinstein - possibly an erroneous reference to her bill to end family separations - before quickly calling her "Leaking Dianne Feinstein" and mocking her denial that she or her staff leaked a letter from Ford accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

She and the other lawyers on the team have complained about the Senate's handling of her allegation, and about the FBI's quick investigation into it. Agents did not find any corroboration, though Ms. Blasey Ford's team says they didn't talk to enough people.

Markey said the newest member of the high bench will "rubber stamp (Trump's) right-wing agenda from the bench and fulfill his campaign promises to overturn Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act".

While she said she was 100 per cent sure the assailant was him, she acknowledged she did not remember numerous details.

Those passions were on full display this week in a fight that could energize both parties' voters in elections for control of Congress just five weeks away.

Several hundred protesters, a lot of them women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol.

President Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh had all the echoes of President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Bork in July 1987 to replace the retiring Lewis Powell, whose 16 previous years as a justice had been marked by centrist votes that maintained abortion rights and affirmative action. "And we really have become even more so than ever before the party of opportunity and wealth". Trump's aggressive defense of Kavanaugh - and more recent attacks against his female accuser - have resonated particularly with white working-class men, who are a shrinking voting bloc nationally but remain a critical segment of Trump's political base. Joe Manchin crossing the aisle and becoming the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh's nomination.

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

Ahead of the vote, the Senate held its final debate. Manchin is up for re-election this November in West Virginia.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar". A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby.

Murkowski announced Friday that she would be pairing her vote with Daines as a professional courtesy and a gesture of goodwill. "I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.

Donald Trump was last night celebrating the "crowning achievement" of his presidency as his controversial choice as new US Supreme Court judge was confirmed. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881.

Republicans, with the exception of Sen.

"Republicans are the party of law and order and justice".

But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

"I liked beer, I still like beer", he said. He and his defenders asserted that his high school and college focus was on academics, sports and church.

In a statement, the court says Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

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