Kavanaugh poised to win confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon

Kavanaugh poised to win confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon

Kavanaugh poised to win confirmation to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon

Last year, Mr Trump succeeded in getting conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch on to the Supreme Court, fulfilling a campaign pledge - after the Republican Party had successfully stalled a bid by his predecessor, president Barack Obama, to appoint a liberal judge to the bench.

Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.

Trump spoke at length in the interview about Murkowski's opposition to Kavanaugh and predicted dire political fallout for her in Alaska.

Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a "smear" campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice. He denies Ms Ramirez's allegations, too.

"The Kavanaugh issue has nearly acted as a centrifuge to separate red and blue elements of the electorate even more", David Wasserman, House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, told the Washington Post.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Kavanaugh as a "superstar".

The Supreme Court says he will be sworn in later Saturday. Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath.

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During a political rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump mockingly mimicked Ford, claiming her allegations against Kavanaugh lacked sufficient detail. The session was presided over by Pence. "If they won't listen to our voices, then they'll listen to our vote".

"Very, very good", Mr Trump said. It capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago.

Asked by host Chris Wallace if the confirmation was his proudest moment in the Senate, McConnell said, "I think so".

"I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing".

But most of this year's competitive Senate races are in traditionally red states, and as Republicans have rallied to Kavanaugh's side, the chances of Democratic upsets there have dropped, at least for now. "Vote them out!" and carried signs including, "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!"

But on Sunday, McConnell offered a revised version of his initial reasoning and refused to say he wouldn't confirm a potential Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump in 2020. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".

Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol. On Thursday, almost 300 protesters, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer, were detained by Capitol Police during a demonstration.

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Trump and other Republicans said their base is more motivated than it was earlier in the year, and that will help them keep the House and Senate.

"We stood up to the mob", McConnell said.

Several polls show that Republican enthusiasm about voting, which had lagged behind, jumped after the Kavanaugh hearing last week.

They also fear he will argue that a sitting president can not be indicted if prosecutors investigating Mr Trump's campaign ties to Russian Federation attempt to pursue him in court. "I don't always agree what he tweets and I tell him that", she said. She next faces voters in 2022. After all, even George W. Bush, not a friend of Trump, supported Kavanaugh and lobbied key senators like Susan Collins. That support all but assures Republicans of the votes they need to push the nomination across the finish line.

Beyond the sexual misconduct allegations, Democrats raised questions about Kavanaugh's temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party. Kavanaugh declined to discuss his own views on the subject, and he has not been involved in any gay rights cases during his 12 years as a judge. "I thought I had to even the playing field, because it was very unfair to the judge". "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort".

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