Final Kavanaugh Vote Comes With a Whimper, Not a Bang

Final Kavanaugh Vote Comes With a Whimper, Not a Bang

Joe Manchin as he confirmed his "yes" vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Senate Chamber Saturday afternoon.

Protesters in the Senate gallery also interrupted the vote and were removed.

Trump, seeking a legacy as the president who put a strongly conservative stamp on the court, said on Saturday before the vote that Kavanaugh would do "great, great" job there.

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

During yesterday's vote, senators were showered with cries of "We will not forget", and "Survivors vote" from protesters in the Senate gallery.

The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September.

Kavanaugh's appointment to US Supreme Court was caught in controversy as Dr Christine Ford, a psychology professor from Palo Alto University came forward with allegations of sexual assault against him. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who ran the contentious hearings that riveted the country and culminated in a dramatic day of testimony between the nominee and a woman who accused him of drunkenly groping her in high school. Neither the FBI nor the Senate Judiciary Committee, in their separate investigations - both conducted under penalty of felony - found evidence corroborating the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh.

McConnell, who stalled Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court in his final year in office and for whom the new conservative majority represents a defining achievement, predicted that Democratic tactics during confirmation battle would electrify Republican voters in November.

While many senators said they were satisfied with the FBI probe, her lawyers called the investigation insufficient.

Shortly after the vote, President Donald Trump applauded the Senate for confirming his "GREAT NOMINEE".

McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the "mob" of opposition - confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes - united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Kavanaugh's confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party this fall.

SpaceX satellite launch lights up night sky, social media
SpaceX has previously launched a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg and landed it offshore in the Pacific Ocean aboard a droneship. The booster first saw action back in July, delivering 10 Iridium NEXT communications satellites into orbit.

McConnell calls Kavanaugh confirmation battle "adrenaline shot" for GOP ahead of midterms
Even as he was being sworn in inside the Supreme Court, scores of people protested across the street at the Capitol. But far from using the aftermath of the battle to try to heal the nation, Trump piled into even fiercer attacks.

Nintendo patents Game Boy smartphone case - Hardware
The patent, discovered by Siliconera , shows a shell casing for a phone that covers all but a small portion of the upper screen. The case is created to turn a smartphone's touchscreen into a functioning Game Boy with a working control pad and buttons.

Kavanaugh replaces the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage. Neither Ford nor Kavanaugh appeared.

"I never considered asking him or asking the president to withdraw the nomination". The investigation was granted by Republican leaders, and on October 5, Senators voted 51-49 to end the debate and go forward with the confirmation vote.

It was the closest vote on a Supreme Court Justice since 1881, when the Senate approved Justice Stanley Matthews by a vote of 24-23.

Because senators confirmed Kavanaugh to the court, she hoped the public would take action in future elections. Steve Daines, who is in Montana to attend his daughter's wedding and would have voted "yea" on Kavanaugh. We are concerned that, as a new Supreme Court justice, Judge Kavanaugh will exhibit the same extreme partisanship and lack of veracity and judicial temperament that we have all witnessed in recent days.

UPDATE: Capitol police joined with Supreme Court police to remove protesters from the stairs.

Even before the sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants.

As expected, the vote went strictly along party lines, giving Kavanaugh a narrow 50-48 victory.

"Since right from the moment we announced, radical Democrats launched a disgraceful campaign to resist, obstruct, delay, demolish and destroy, right from the beginning", Trump said.

"I'm a mother", one woman shouted.

Under pressure following those allegations, Judiciary Committee member Sen.

Related Articles