Monday, 17 December, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As New Supreme Court Justice

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The U.S. Senate advanced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court with a 51 to 49 vote Friday morning.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The speech by Collins, an abortion-rights Republican who has been regarded as a possible swing vote who might block Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court, began with a protracted interruption by protesters intent on blocking President Trump's nominee from being confirmed.

"The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard", she said.

The opposition Democratic lawmakers made it a political issue and joined the first accuser in demanding a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the sexual assault allegations.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended most of the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him.

"Thank you @SenatorCollins for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Sanders wrote. On Thursday 302 people were arrested and charged with unlawfully demonstrating inside the Senate complex.

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

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declared before the vote.

"I have been alarmed and disturbed that unless the Kavanaugh nomination is rejected, that the Senate [is] condoning sexual assault".

Trump has made appointing conservative judges a major plank of his presidency, and past year his nominee Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate.

On Friday, after the nomination cleared a key procedural hurdle with a 51-49 vote, two previously undecided senators, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced they would support Kavanaugh. The showdown drew raucous demonstrators - largely anti-Kavanaugh - to the Capitol, where they raised tensions by repeatedly confronting lawmakers despite an intensified police presence. The meetings included "several sexual assault survivors", Haake reported.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of the U.S. Congress from the Republicans. Senators stood up in their chairs and voted, some of them loudly.

"The President nominated a jurist who has been described by legal peers of all political stripes as a superstar", McConnell said, later adding that "Judge Brett Kavanaugh is among the very best our nation has to offer". Ramirez has said Kavanaugh positioned his genitals in her face at a college party. She will not reveal her final decision until 3PM ET on Friday afternoon. Sen.

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