US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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Brett Kavanaugh left home late yesterday afternoon to be sworn in at a private ceremony at the Supreme Court, just hours after the Senate confirmed his appointment.

On the other side, Democrats are counting on voter rage over Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation to help propel a "blue wave" that will carry their House and Senate candidates to victory in November.

The vote is expected at about 17:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

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

What's happening in the Senate?

Instead of accepting Collins' reasoning, Dana Bash pressed the senator.and even tried to put words in her mouth.

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.

So what are the numbers?

Image: Judge Kavanaugh being sworn in. This was the tally in a procedural vote on Friday.

In the end, all but one Republican, Sen. "I do believe that she was assaulted. I believe she was and that that frightful experience has upended her life, but it does not mean that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant".

Until now, party leaders - Trump included - have struggled to energize GOP voters, even with a strong economy to campaign on. Several were arrested after protesting from the Senate Gallery.

Sealing the deal were yes votes from Republican Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

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

Oddly, Ms Murkowski will also separately be counted for a "yes" vote. She voted "present", balancing out Daines' absence. Murkowski was the only one to break ranks with her party. "This is now just the culminating step in making the courts "just another institution" in tribal politics", Dr TJ Pempel, political science professor at the University of California at Berkeley told The Straits Times. They said he also seemed too ready to rule for Trump in a possible federal court case against the president.

The Senate voted 50-48 in favour of confirming Brett Kavanaugh's appointment following a week of drama, including an interruption of the final vote by protesters shouting 'Shame on you!' and 'I do not consent!'

While the investigation has proved politically contentious, the wavering senators decided it had not provided sufficient grounds to oppose Mr Kavanaugh.

But she said Kavanaugh's forceful denial and lack of corroborating evidence brought her back to fundamental issues of due process, a presumption of innocence and fairness.

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations with a blistering partisan attack at a September 27 Senate hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations. "I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when, but I do not believe he was the assailant", Collins replied. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), the longest-serving current senator, said in a floor speech.

Basically, it's the final arbiter of USA law.

He is well-known for his views against abortion and gun control, supports the second amendment - which gives USA citizens the right to bear arms - and dissents ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh gathered on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination.

He hailed Kavanaugh as "a man of great character and intellect" and said he would work alongside Trump's other Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, to protect the "sacred rights" of Americans.