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McConnell calls opposition to Kavanaugh a ‘great political gift’ to Republicans

08 Octobre 2018

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest. But other accusations and rumours were circling as voting was delayed for an additional FBI investigation.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Washington Post the protests against Kavanaugh "were a great political gift" for Republicans.

When Vice-President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine.

USA president Donald Trump has celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in America.

Mr. Coons cited the low likelihood of impeaching a sitting Supreme Court justice. Protesters have gathered there too to continue the demonstrations. His wife, Melania Trump, won't say either way.

He said Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, disgusting attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

Democrats have always faced a hard Senate map - six of the competitive seats that they hold are in states Trump won, and five of those states he carried by at least 19 points - but their path now is more treacherous.

So what were the numbers in the Senate?

Senators knew before Saturday's vote how it would end. Garland wasn't given a confirmation hearing or Senate vote. In Topeka, Trump said he may have the opportunity to name more justices to the high court, and needs a Republican Senate to confirm them.

What was said in the Senate? Netizens were too divided on the final issue.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", he said. One woman said that in high school, Kavanaugh attended parties where groups of boys would rape girls (though she didn't say she'd witnessed Kavanaugh himself committing rape).

He said events had "strained our basic principles of fairness and justice" and that the vote showed the Senate was "an institution where evidence and facts matter".

A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a special sitting of the Court in the Courtroom at a later date.

Several Democrats are running for re-election in states that Republican President Donald Trump won in 2016, making for an uphill fight for them to win a Senate majority.

Image: Judge Kavanaugh being sworn in.

Senators debated the decision before casting their vote, watched on by many in the public gallery.

Collins shot back that the suggestion was "just plain untrue".

"She had talked about this assault to her husband, to others, before Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Court", Hirono continued.

Why is the court so important? "We look forward to Justice Kavanaugh's tenure on the bench and the impact his dedicated public service will have towards creating a country where every human life is valued and protected equally under the law". The protests underscored the vital importance of an appointment that will have sweeping consequences for some of the nation's most contested disputes over abortion, LGBT rights, the scope of presidential power and the role of religion in society.

But the president had harsh words for Murkowski, the lone Republican senator who couldn't get to 'yes'.

All eyes will now be on November's mid-term elections.

Trump stood behind Kavanaugh throughout his the accusations, for the most part.

McConnell calls opposition to Kavanaugh a ‘great political gift’ to Republicans