Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine.

Kavanaugh's work on a federal appeals court suggests he'll align himself with his four fellow Republican appointees in ideologically divisive cases. Conservative judges will have a 5-4 majority in the court over liberal justices.

The Senate narrowly voted Friday to limit debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, advancing it to Saturday's final confirmation vote.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

"What moved me. was a sense of outrage and frustration that somebody who fashions herself a moderate centrist, and somebody who cares for equal rights and LGBT rights and Roe v. Wade and all of this stuff, could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers, " Rice said.

"We didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him", McConnell said on "Fox News Sunday".

Residents of a townhouse near the Washington home of Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican whose backing helped get Kavanaugh over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of the lawmaker's home state ME upside down in protest.

"We simply followed the tradition of America". Many progressives took issue, in particular, with Kavanaugh's victory in the face of numerous sexual assault allegations and made clear their distaste in protests Saturday outside the Capitol and Supreme Court.

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If anything, it was a sad attempt at shaming the senator for her vote. "I disagree that he's not the right guy at the right time". Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.

"Republicans are the party of law and order and justice".

While his accuser, Ford, a research psychologist at a California university, had written to her Congressional Representative with her allegations against Kavanaugh in July, it was publicised by the Democrats only in September after the Senate Judiciary Committee had grilled him and was about to vote on recommending his nomination to the entire Senate. Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., who told CBS' "60 Minutes" that her opposition to Kavanaugh was based not only on Ford's testimony but on her disappointment with Kavanaugh's combative testimony and her lingering questions about his answers.

"In their quest for power, the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob", Trump said at a rally in Topeka, Kansas, on Saturday. They point to his dissent in Garza v. Hargan, which would have upheld an Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) decision to prevent a 17-year-old from temporarily leaving ORR custody to obtain an abortion, even though a Texas judge had already granted the minor a judicial bypass for the procedure.

Meanwhile, another woman, Deborah Ramirez who is married to a technology entrepreneur of Indian descent, Vikram Shah, alleged that while they were students at Yale, Kavanaugh had exposed his genitals in front of her at a party they had been drinking at. You could see how hard she worked, how hard she was working.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this frightful, awful attack by the Democrats".

In North Dakota, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has pulled comfortably ahead of Democratic Sen.

"I am here because President Trump mocked sexual assault victims", said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.

Another woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his time at Yale, Deborah Ramirez, said in a statement Saturday that the senators discussing the impending vote brought her back to the moment of the alleged misconduct.

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