Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

Chris Wattie/Reuters

WASHINGTON – A deeply divided U.S. Senate on Saturday confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans dismissed sexual assault accusations against the conservative judge and delivered a major victory to President Donald Trump.

By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, alcohol abuse and privilege that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on Nov. 6.

The Senate vote takes the highest U.S. court down a more conservative path for perhaps a generation and is a bitter blow to Democrats already chafing at Republican control of the White House and both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

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.

Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh fought back hard, denying the accusations in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people.

Trump stood by Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge with a history of advancing Republican causes, and this week mocked Ford’s account of what she says was a drunken attack on her by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

Trump, seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court, said on Saturday before the vote that Kavanaugh would do “great, great” job there.

Democrats said Kavanaugh’s partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a “political hit,” was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a “smear” campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry.

Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn in quickly and will join four liberal justices and four other conservatives as the court, which is expected soon to hear controversial disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights and voting rights.

The dispute over Kavanaugh has added fuel to campaigning for the midterm elections in November when Democrats will try to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

Several polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind, jumped after the Kavanaugh hearing last week.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker, Richard Cowan and David Morgan; Additional reporting by Ginger Gibson and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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This is a breaking news story and will be updated as developments occur.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

TRUMP PENCE TROUGH 32

Mike
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Mike

As I have said from day 1-he’s in, the rest is a show…… shows over that’s all folks.

KEN Wolf
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Great day for all Americans. It is time the courts having a perminate lane to the left. Maybe now we can get back to being a great country. Let the liberal heads pop.

Paul
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Glad to see the Protestors were not rewarded for putting on a “freakshow” today. Congratulations, Judge Kavanaugh! The media should investigate (of course they won’t) which Senators are associated with the unruly, disrespectful people who attempted to disrupt the confirmation in the Senate gallery today. Those people should never be allowed in the Capital building and the Senators that are associated with them should be reprimanded, and also lose their privilege to allow visitors from their states to attend the gallery.

Morte206
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This survivor is quite elated to see the ideal of innocence over unproven accusation upheld with Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Seymour Butts
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Seymour Butts

The popping noises that you hear going on all around you aren’t fireworks, it’s liberal heads exploding all over from coast to coast!!! Music to my ears!!!

Screwtape
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Game over. Justice wins.

After throwing Ford under the bus (possibly with her help), beclowning themselves with antics and posturing, demonstrating their contempt for the American standards of due process and the presumption of innocence the Dims remain LOSERS

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.”

Julius Ceasar, Shakespeare

It remains to be seen just how much good or evil will come from his confirmation.

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