Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carrey and Time's Up are among those reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday. Brennan began serving immediately, and was formally nominated and confirmed the next year.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.

The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the USA body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency.

As the clock ticked down to a final vote, Republican and Democratic senators continued to give floor speeches debating the nomination.

Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations against him. It's also given new definition to the high stakes of November's election.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks.

"It certainly had a good impact for us", and added that the Democrat's tactics "have turned our base on fire".

For Trump, the past week brought another victory ahead of the elections: He managed to redeem a 2016 poll pledge to get the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with Canada and Mexico changed to more favourable terms for the United States and achieved it by brow-beating Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party. He also knocked the "tiny" crowd on the steps of the court. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation.

They appeared to have counted on delaying the confirmation process so that if the Senate majority flips to their side in the November elections, they can block him and temper Trump's future nominations.

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

"If there was even a scintilla of something wrong - he was a very big judge for many years on what they call the second highest court - that would have come out loud and clear", he said.

Collins told Bash that while she found Ford's testimony "heart-wrenching", the fact that both Ford and Kavanaugh said they were "100 percent certain" of their statements meant that she had to look to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for additional corroborating evidence.

Asked on "Fox News Sunday" if the same logic would apply in 2020, McConnell said "we'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020".

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

The narrow Republican majority in the Senate almost unanimously supported his appointment to become the country's 114th Supreme Court justice while all but one Democratic lawmaker opposed his nomination.

"I am here because President Trump mocked sexual assault victims", said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.

Two years ago, McConnell blocked a vote on Garland, citing what he said was a tradition of not filling vacancies in a presidential election year.

The investigation was wrapped up in about five days and it convinced Flake to back Kavanaugh.

"Of the various 1,200 appointments who come to us for confirmation, obviously the most important are the lifetime appointments to the courts and we prioritize handling President Trump's outstanding nominees for the Supreme Court".

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