'A profoundly heart-breaking day': Celebration and anger for Brett Kavanaugh confirmation

Lester Mason
October 8, 2018

"The Senate is about to elevate a nominee who doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the confirmation vote, adding that the judge is an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanor". Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

The intense debate over sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh gripped the American public for weeks, bringing protesters out in force on Capitol Hill and across the country, including near the homes of lawmakers.

Kavanaugh's confirmation flies in the face of the cultural and political Me Too movement, which has empowered women in all walks of life to speak out about sexual assault and harassment, especially by men in positions of power. He has used his lame-duck status as leverage to resist efforts to push through items on President Donald Trump's agenda. Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday 50-48. A debate between the two candidates has been set for October 15.

Kavanaugh's nomination became an intense personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

"This has all really helped me, No. 1, unify my conference, and No. 2, underscore the significance of the Senate", the Kentucky Republican said.

"I have reservations about this vote given the serious accusations against Judge Kavanaugh and the temperament he displayed in the hearing", Manchin said.

"They're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands, their brothers, their uncles, and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", Trump told reporters.

"A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature", said Michael R. Bromwich.

Majority Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Mr Kavanaugh was a "serious scholar, a brilliant student of the law and a meticulous and dedicated public servant".

"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".

While Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in, in a private ceremony, protests continued outside, with some even rushing to the doors and banging on them in fury.

McConnell also signaled on Fox News that he'd be open to putting a Trump nominee on the Supreme Court in 2020, at the end of Trump's term-as opposed to his lame-duck opposition to Obama's nominee.

When Bash asked whether Kavanaugh should be impeached if Democrats take control, Hirono replied, "I'm much more focused on the here and now, which is that we have an election coming up". He said he "found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist".

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

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

Her hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his background, which created a week long delay of the vote. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881.

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".

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