Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

Ruben Ruiz
October 7, 2018

Several hundred protesters, a lot of them women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol.

"Kavanaugh's confirmation is devastating as unresolved questions remain about his human rights record, including in relation to the US government's use of torture and other forms of ill treatment, such as during the Central Intelligence Agency detention program", Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International USA's director of security with human rights, said in a statement. The Senate proceeded with the vote, but Pence repeatedly called for order to be restored in the gallery.

Liberals fear that by solidifying the conservative majority, the articulate judge could overturn or restrict a 1973 verdict banning state and federal regulations criminalising or restricting abortion, which the right-wing supporters of Trump want.

There is an element of irony in Kavanaugh facing sexual misconduct charges: He was a lawyer in the office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated sexual misconduct charges against former President Bill Clinton, whose wife Hillary lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

"He spent 10 years in sullen silence over the experience that he went through", Durbin said. But then, he said, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), as a junior member in 2001, led a strategy that enabled Democrats to block President George W. Bush's nominees based on legal ideology rather than qualifications for the posts.

The Senate voted 51-49 on Friday for cloture, cutting off further debate.

However, the Manchin, Collins and Flake coalition would be enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they actually follow through on how they are saying they are going to vote. Manchin is up for re-election this November in West Virginia. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby. She voted "present", balancing out Daines' absence.

Their move meant that McConnell could forge the narrowest of majorities to clear Kavanaugh, despite the fact that another Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, opposed him. She told reporters that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".

Trump, who called Kavanaugh to congratulate him on Saturday, said he was "100 percent" certain that Ford named the wrong person in accusing the judge.

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A procedural vote Friday made Saturday's confirmation a foregone conclusion.

The pro-choice Republican remained undecided until the day of the cloture vote, but concluded that Kavanaugh's confirmation would undermine the public's confidence in the court.

Thanks to the court's 5-4 rulings gutting voting rights laws, upholding restrictions on voting and enabling free spending by Republican-supporting corporations, Republicans have taken power in countless states and passed a raft of new voting restrictions since 2010.

But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanize Democrats at the polls. "No matter what happens this afternoon, I am going to continue to support survivors", Piper says.

Yet Kavanaugh's path to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. I did not do this back in high school or at any time'.

Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.

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