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Trump declares 'tremendous victory' after Kavanaugh is sworn into Supreme Court

07 Octobre 2018

Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as the next US Supreme Court justice, despite sexual assault allegations.

Despite pressure from the left and members of the #MeToo movement, U.S. Sen.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, was in the Senate for Anita Hill's testimony against Justice Clarence Thomas over sexual harassment in the early 1990s, and said the treatment of these latest allegations shows little has changed.

President Trump said in an exclusive interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro that he was "shocked" to see Alaska Republican Sen.

The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".

Jayme Zovko, a pro-Kavanaugh demonstrator from Pittsburgh, told Van Sant that she supports Kavanaugh because of his judicial record and her belief that "he'll be neutral in his decisions".

Susan Collins said in her lengthy and decisive floor speech Friday afternoon.

At just 53 years old, Kavanaugh could conceivably serve on the court - now evenly divided between liberals and conservatives - for decades, tilting it to the right.

Mr Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on U.S. law.

So far, no serious contender has stepped forward to challenge the only Republican senator from New England, who has found herself among a dwindling number of GOP centrists.

"I applaud the Senate and its Republican leadership for staying the course and maintaining a fair process that validates the presumption of innocence in our society and for not allowing rumor, slander and unsubstantiated claims to be the determining basis by which a qualified person is allowed to serve".

Saturday's vote for Kavanaugh was 50-48.

"The Senate is about to elevate a nominee who doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the confirmation vote, adding that the judge is an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanor".

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.

As Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Contemplation of Justice statue. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

The Senate's vote on Saturday (October 6) was 50 to 48 - the narrowest margin since 1881, the Washington Post points out - and came in almost precisely down party lines. Both he and Collins attempted to express a belief that Dr. Blasey Ford was assaulted, but not by Kavanaugh.

Joe Manchin was also confronted by protesters on October 5, 2018, who demanded he oppose Kavanaugh's nomination. And she says numerous demonstrators, regardless of their opinions about the Supreme Court nominee, share a common sentiment: They don't feel their voices are being heard.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

In a twist, Murkowski voted "present" Saturday as a courtesy to Republican Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines, who was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in Montana.

Hundreds of her compatriots chanted and waved anti-Kavanaugh placards - one read "This ain't over" - as dozens of officers pushed them back from the doors and then stood guard. Installing Judge Kavanaugh as a Justice makes that wound persist and makes the Supreme Court its symbol.

Trump declares 'tremendous victory' after Kavanaugh is sworn into Supreme Court