Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court sworn in Saturday, after the Senate voted 50-48 in his favour - a move that cemented the top court's shift to the right under Republican leader President Donald Trump, who has chosen two of the nine sitting justices.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that the bitter partisan battle over Kavanaugh's confirmation has revved up Republican voters. Only Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer participated in a White House event after they had been sworn-in and begun work as a justice, according to the court's records on oath-taking by the current crop of justices. Wife Ashley Kavanaugh held the family Bible.
"I applaud in general a commitment to hiring a diverse group of clerks, and hope all the justices encourage applicants of color, women and those with backgrounds beyond the usual elite", said Elizabeth Wydra, the president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a liberal group that opposed Kavanaugh's nomination.
A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.
"I do think that he's correct, that there was a widespread response, certainly on the Republican side, that these were not credible allegations", Coons said.
"I said congratulations. It was well fought. Everything was uncorroborated", he told reporters in Topeka, Kansas. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, who became one of Kavanaugh's staunchest defenders during the confirmation process. Democrats say Republicans will be rejected at the polls in part because of the party's treatment of Kavanaugh's accusers.
He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the midterm elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Under tremendous political pressure, Trump ordered a last-minute Federal Bureau of Investigation supplemental inquiry. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who'll be chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if Democrats win the majority in November, says they'll investigate the possibility of impeachment proceedings, charging Kavanaugh with lying during his confirmation hearings.
"There were enough other aspects and allegations and reports that we wanted the FBI to investigate", Hirono replied to Bash. You know we don't have an army.
The rally for 11,000 people inside the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka was part of a national tour created to energize the base on behalf of Republican candidates ahead of November midterm elections, but the U.S. Senate's 50-48 affirmation of Kavanaugh hours before Trump took the stage allowed the president to boast of victory well ahead of Election Day.
Collins says while she believes Ford was assaulted, "I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when".
President Trump said allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh were "all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace".
On the contrary, no senators are known to have been physically attacked during the Kavanaugh protests. 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. And he's just an outstanding intellect, outstanding scholar, a brilliant lawyer - brilliant at everything he's ever done. "Very happy about it".
'I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!' Trump said as the crowd cheered.
Some opponents continue to furiously protest his elevation to the Supreme Court after multiple accusations of sexual assault, which he has denied. The Fake News Media tries to make it look sooo big, & it's not!'
When Trump ran for the presidency in 2016, he vowed to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, disclosing a list of possible candidates. His predecessor Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both women, on the bench in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
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