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Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat facing a tough re-election fight in West Virginia, a state where the President rolled to victory in 2016, also supported Kavanaugh.
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. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said.
President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to say the Federal Bureau of Investigation report vindicated his nominee and expressed optimism about Republican chances in the November midterm elections, where control of the House of Representatives and Senate could be at stake.
Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this disgusting, frightful attack by the Democrats". The justices are considering appeals from Kansas and Louisiana.
The supreme court can enable or block sweeping changes in United States life.
Soon, voters will get to weigh in on the Kavanaugh confirmation. Hey look, the Washington Post said it on their front page.
At a Supreme Court preview in September, former Obama Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. predicted that with Kavanaugh on the bench, Roe v. Wade will be overturned, at least in part, within five years.
The Senate narrowly voted Friday to limit debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, advancing it to Saturday's final confirmation vote.
In this handout photo provided by the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the constitutional oath to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his wife Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible while joined by their daughters Margaret and Liza at the Supreme Court Building on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Fred Schilling/U.S.
The Senate vote takes the highest US 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 US Congress.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".
"You started a movement and we'll see it through". We don't have any money. Just as we accept losing democratic elections because we know we could win the next one, the supreme court has weathered unpopular decisions because even disaffected groups retained faith that the long arc of justice would eventually bend back in their direction.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME isn't up for re-election until 2020, but critics vowed Saturday she'll pay a political price for voting for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"We have to rise above partisanship in our personal relationships".
"This ended up being a pretty happy ending for us", he said. That perception has waxed and waned over the years, but it was particularly strong following the Bush v. Gore decision that sealed Bush's 2000 election. "The other side is obviously fired up, they have been all year". The ceremony will take place at the court and will allow Kavanaugh to "begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately", a press release stated.
"I saw him rule in favor of liberal parties". A nervous but composed Blasey Ford testified first, telling senators that she was "absolutely" certain that it was Kavanaugh who had attacked her in the 1980s.
Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. She said she hoped the gesture would remind people of the things they can do to help each other.
"I believe we are dealing with issues right now that are bigger than a nominee", she said, and it "just may be that in my view he's not the right man for the court at this time".
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