Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed, Possibly Most Conservative Supreme Court Since 1934

Posted October 09, 2018

The Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, putting a second nominee from President Donald Trump on the highest court in the land.

Ford's attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks spoke to CNN on Saturday, shortly after Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in a almost party-line votes as protesters screamed from the gallery.

Earlier today, protesters seated in the gallery also repeatedly interrupted the Senate confirmation vote.

Bush had several conversations with Republican Senators Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski, as well as Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who were key votes in the process to confirm President Trump's nominee, according to The Washington Post.

Aboard Air Force One on the way to Kansas, Trump mocked protesters outside the Supreme Court who opposed the confirmation of Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh was accused in September of committing sexual and physical assault more than 30 years ago, and he testified about the alleged incident at a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

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The hurdle for Mr Kavanaugh's nomination came when Dr Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her at a high school gathering in 1982.

And they said Mr Kavanaugh's record and testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice. Afterward, Republicans declared that the FBI had not found any corroborating witnesses, while Democrats blasted the limited scope of the investigation, which they said ignored dozens of witnesses willing to corroborate allegations of sexual misconduct and lying under oath.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Kavanaugh "temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court" and said the new justice has "expressed an open hostility toward everything from marriage equality, to civil rights protections, to workers' rights, to patient protections barring discrimination from preexisting conditions, to our already woefully inadequate gun safety laws". And the nature of the fight over Kavanaugh will trigger recriminations inside the Senate and political reverberations outside for years to come.

Kavanaugh was due to be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a private Supreme Court ceremony later Saturday.

Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

Representatives for Ford argued that Republicans were trying to undermine her credibility just hours before Kavanaugh's confirmation. Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, while Democrats and two independents aligned with them hold the remaining 49.

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Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court after days of voting.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the confirmation is "a profoundly heart-breaking day" for women, girls and families across America.

"Judge Kavanaugh's past rulings and statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding civil rights, religious freedom and the rights of immigrants - along with his expansive views on presidential powers - would on their own be enough to disqualify him from service on the Supreme Court." . That rare procedural maneuver left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted. "Slow grip tightening to remind us we got above ourselves".

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh had gathered on Saturday on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court. Steve Daines, who is in Montana to attend his daughter's wedding and would have voted "yea" on Kavanaugh.

"I always thought that landslides were kind of boring anyways", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at a relatively subdued GOP press conference after the tight vote. Susan Collins of ME and red state Democratic Sen.

The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley went on the offensive by releasing statements this week meant to discredit Ford.

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