Anger over Brett Kavanaugh appointment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky. speaks to reporters following the final vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Capitol in Washington Saturday Oct. 6 2018

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as America's 114th Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony at the Court on Saturday night, hours after a 50-48 Senate vote to confirm him.

"But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said, 'I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen, ' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury. And I think this gave us the motivation and the opportunity to have the kind of turnout in this off-year election that will help us hold the Senate".

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes.

Trump, at a rally in Kansas on Saturday, called Murkowski's vote "disgraceful".

Not all comments on social media were negative, however, as many users considered the complaints against Kavanaugh a ploy by Democrats to stop President Donald Trump's appointment of the Justice.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

The hearing triggered a "limited" FBI investigation into the allegations.

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

Mr Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault.

President Trump celebrates Kavanaugh's confirmation with a crowd of supporters at a rally in Topeka, Kan.




During a rally in MS last week, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she told lawmakers there were details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember.

In recent days, Trump has fiercely defended Kavanaugh and mocked his accusers, candidates have aired new ads on their positions, debates have pivoted on the nomination, and both parties have sensed political advantage in what already had stacked up as an election dependent on each side motivating its base.

To Democrats, Kavanaugh's ascent to the Supreme Court in spite of decades-old sexual misconduct allegations will only deepen the party's pull with female voters, including independents and moderates who may have previously voted for Republicans.

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Ford testified at a Judicial Committee hearing that Kavanaugh had pushed her on to a bed and choked her while trying to take off her clothes during a 1982 party and she feared she was going to the killed before managing to escape.

The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 - and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.

The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament. "We didn't go on a search and destroy mission", he said. I don't know. Where's the house?

Ahead of Saturday's vote, eyes were also on three other key swing votes, one of whom denounced Kavanaugh in a Friday floor speech. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".

"Any remaining belief I had that admirable Republicans still exist, is dying, exhaling its last breath", another added.

"We're taking back Maine's Senate seat, and claiming it for someone who knows how to listen to her constituents", tweeted Mainers for Accountable Leadership, which organized protests at Collins' office.

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