Kavanaugh Confirmed, Sworn In and Dems Vow to Fight

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Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as US Supreme Court justice on Saturday, the court said, after a deeply divided US Senate confirmed him to the court and Republicans dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct against the conservative judge.

When the final vote, 50-48 was called a victory for Kavanaugh, one woman shouted: "This is a stain on America".

The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the U.S. body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency. Ms Jessica Campbell-Swanson, 35, proclaimed to Agence France-Presse after raising a defiant fist and then coming down from the lap of the large marble Contemplation of Justice statue in front of the Supreme Court.

Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote against Kavanaugh.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

His nomination will tip the Supreme Court's balance in favour of conservatives, and Mr Kavanaugh's opponents fear he will curtail abortion rights and weaken gun control.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks in Friday's cloture vote.

"Kavanaugh's confirmation will leave a lot of outraged and energised women in its wake", said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. "I do not believe her assailant was Brett Kavanaugh".

Senator Susan Collins has been targeted by liberal activist after she pledged to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama's national security adviser, said Sunday she'll decide after next month's midterm elections whether to run for the Senate from ME in 2020 and try to unseat Republican Sen.

Kavanaugh's nomination became an intense personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

During a political rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump mockingly mimicked Ford, claiming her allegations against Kavanaugh lacked sufficient detail.

Collins had been a holdout Republican but did agree to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation and announced her decision on Friday.

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Democrats point to the flood of women who have spoken out about their own assaults following Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"All of us have been hearing stories and accounts from survivors going back many, many years where they kept all these painful, traumatic accounts to themselves and this is what happens with sexual assault survivors that they do not come forward", Hirono said.

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday.

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.

The final vote by the entire Senate was further delayed by Republican Senator Floyd Flake, a critic of Trump, demanding an investigation of Ford's allegations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I'm glad that those who try to overturn the rule of law and replace it with mob rule lost". The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony.



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