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Kavanaugh sworn to Supreme Court after rancorous confirmation

Kavanaugh sworn to Supreme Court after rancorous confirmation

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court, was confirmed to the court on Saturday with a Senate vote largely divided along party lines.

"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in United States media. He continued that "there was no new information or evidence provided in the report that would change my earlier decision to vote for Judge Kavanaugh".

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Ford's allegations disrupted what had appeared to be a relatively smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh.

Police forcibly removed the protesters, with one person dragged out by their arms and legs.

Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him had not been substantiated.

Manchin was the first Democrat to agree to meet with Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, and he has repeatedly said that he wanted to carefully analyze the FBI's supplemental background check on Kavanaugh before casting his vote.

It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary's top court.

Bush hasn't been in office for more than a decade.

They led to a dramatic day of testimony on September 27, when Christine Blasey Ford emotionally recounted her memory of Kavanaugh allegedly assaulting her at a party when both were high-schoolers in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, but will be in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony.

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered up some words of praise for protesters ahead of the vote. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said". Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Friday that she would join nearly all Senate Republicans to support him after the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that it could not corroborate the sexual-misconduct accusations.

Since then, a different portrait of Kavanaugh emerged - that of someone who often drank to excess during his high school and college years and behaved obnoxiously.

Adding to the drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you", briefly interrupted the start of the final confirmation vote on Saturday afternoon.

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

The US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, ending a bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats during a confirmation process that has transfixed the nation following allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee, which he has strongly denied.

He said he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Kavanaugh was something positive.

But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, lovely speech". Just as he has been highly regarded as a fair-minded and independent judge on the Circuit Court, I believe that is how he will be viewed on the Supreme Court.

Zovko said she believes the anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators have "good intentions".

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?" Kavanaugh's confirmation cements a conservative majority on the high court, his opponents say.


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