Cases pitting Trump against blue states will test Kavanaugh

Calvin Saunders
October 8, 2018

Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.

Republican Senator Susan Collins, who voted for Kavanaugh after a cliff-hanger, said it was a "confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional, it looks more like a caricature of a gutter-level political campaign than a solemn occasion".

Members of the Me Too movement voiced outrage after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed for the US's top court amid an allegation of sexual assault and fears over abortion rights.

Hours after the narrow Senate vote, Trump also said he is "100 percent certain" that Kavanaugh did not commit sexual assault, and that Democrats used Ford's story to mount a "horrible, awful attack" on the nominee.

And Trump told Kansas rallygoers that he will hold a ceremonial swearing-in for Kavanaugh at the White House Monday evening.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this disgusting, terrible attack by the Democrats".

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. He said the FBI had done seven background investigations and argued that, had there been an issue, it would have surfaced sooner.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nine justices recognize the small world they inhabit, suggesting that the tense atmosphere surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination is unlikely to be replicated on the court.

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

Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.

The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied.

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018. He said Republicans "stand proudly" with border patrol and ICE, who he added are "not treated properly".

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

But even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saw the confirmation through a competitive lens, telling The Washington Post that the bruising confirmation battle had "been a great political gift for us".

In a twist, Murkowski voted "present" Saturday as a courtesy to Republican Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines, who was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in Montana.

"This wasn't going to get any better", McConnell said.

He called her vote "disgraceful" and added that he appreciated West Virginia Sen.

Critics have objected to Kavanaugh over his sexual assault allegations, as well as his record and statements that have been widely regarded as partisan.

US President Donald Trump says goodbye to the crowd during a campaign rally October 6, 2018, in Topeka, Kansas.

"I'm glad that those who try to overturn the rule of law and replace it with mob rule lost".

In stressing Kavanaugh's frequent agreement with Judge Merrick Garland on the federal appeals court in Washington, the new justice's backers seem to be suggesting that Kavanaugh's vote can not be taken for granted. They come and go. All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

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