Sen. Jeff Flake votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Lester Mason
October 8, 2018

He argued that Democrats "overplayed their hand" with their fierce opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was sworn in Saturday after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him.

"We appreciate his vote for Judge Kavanaugh", the Kentucky senator said Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation".

Kavanaugh's confirmation means the nine-justice court now has a solid 5-4 conservative majority that is likely to move the court further to the right as it rules on contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, transgender rights, industry regulation and presidential powers. Police stood guard at the doors.

However, early September an American professor of psychology Christine Blasey Ford had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault leading to a wrenching debate that captivated the attention of many.

Trump has repeatedly sided with men accused of sexual misconduct and has warned of the dangers false accusations pose to men - even though research has shown false accusations to be extremely rare. "Shame! Shame!" following the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday.

"When I looked at the lack of any corroborating evidence, including no evidence from her very best friend who was present at the party, I could not conclude that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", said Collins.

Confirming conservatives to the courts has been a project for McConnell ever since President Donald Trump was elected.

During the debate over Kavanaugh, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Trump and the GOP "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes" in history, and he predicted that it would drive more Democrats to the polls.

At a rally in Topeka, Kansas, moments after Judge Kavanaugh took up his new role, President Trump praised him as a "loving husband, devoted father, and faithful public servant", thanking Republicans for not backing down to the "radical Democrats". That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted.

The Senate confirmation allows him to hit the campaign trail ahead of the congressional elections saying that he has kept his 2016 promise to mold a more conservative American judiciary.

At a political rally in MS on Tuesday, Trump mocked Ford's account of what she says was a drunken attack on her byKavanaugh when they were teenagers.

After expressing support for Kavanaugh, he posted: "Now what Republicans must do is support those still marginalized by a history of oppression and neglect".

And Senator Mitch McConnell said it was more than just a victory for Kavanaugh himself. "These things always blow over", he told a news conference.

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

Meanwhile, another woman, Deborah Ramirez who is married to a technology entrepreneur of Indian descent, Vikram Shah, alleged that while they were students at Yale, Kavanaugh had exposed his genitals in front of her at a party they had been drinking at.

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation. He described the allegations as a "calculated and orchestrated political hit" masterminded by Democrats and left-wing groups.

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

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