Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as US Supreme Court justice after divisive fight


"I do not consent, where's my representation", one yelled.

In the end, Republicans were able to use their monopoly on political power on Capitol Hill and the White House to muscle through the confirmation, which was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. The confirmation process revealed a sense of entitlement, a lack of truthfulness, political motivations and poor temperament that in my view, and in the view of former Justice John Paul Stevens, disqualified Judge Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court.

His arrival on the bench offers the prospect of decades of conservative jurisprudence.

The more she thought about it, she explained, the more convinced she became that her decision needed to be based on more than whether or not President Trump's nominee was fit for the job.

Democrats, if they choose to embrace the term "Kavanaughed", will agree that it means wanting to win - and they will point the finger straight at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Schumer called the GOP's push for Kavanaugh "one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes in Senate history".

"In nominating Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump kept his word to the American people to appoint judges who will interpret the Constitution as written and uphold the God-given liberties enshrined there".

Brett Kavanaugh is the polar opposite of an honest arbiter.

"Today the United States Supreme Court has gained an exceptional Justice in Brett Kavanaugh", Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, which opposes abortion, said in a statement. Capitol Police said 164 were arrested, raising that count in recent days well into the hundreds. Some disrupted the vote in the Senate chambers. "Keep it up, because it's going to make America stronger".

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Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. She then claimed Kavanaugh tried to rip her clothes off and held his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.

Manchin (D-W.V.) was seen as one of the possible swing votes on Kavanaugh, but on Friday he came out as the lone Democrat to support President Trump's pick for the high court. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska "will never recover" politically for voting against Brett Kavanaugh, he tells the Washington Post.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who's repeatedly battled Trump and will retire in January, said he'd vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation "unless something big changes".

It is true that, even after the testimony of Ford and Kavanaugh and an additional FBI investigation seemingly staged primarily for show, her accusations ultimately could not be proven according to a legal standard.

"When you say 'Kavanaughed, ' I don't know what you'll be saying in the future".

To them, McConnell orchestrated the defense of Kavanaugh when the nominee was accused of sexual assault as a 17-year-old in 1982, dictating tactics that prioritized speed over a full investigation into that accusation and another while the nominee was a freshman at Yale University.

Conservatives saw the Kavanaugh confirmation as part of a long, slow decline that began with Democrats fighting Bork, followed by similar allegations of sexual misconduct during the 1991 confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas.

In a floor speech later on Friday, Murkowski expressed sympathy for both Ford and Kavanaugh.

Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon of Freeport said in a telephone interview that she is seriously thinking about a challenge in a vote that is more than two years away.

"I do think the hearing, what it said, is your voice matters".