This is the second Supreme Court appointment by President Donald Trump, who said Judge Kavanaugh would be sworn in the same day.
They appeared to have counted on delaying the confirmation process so that if the Senate majority flips to their side in the November elections, they can block him and temper Trump’s future nominations.
President Donald Trump talks on the tarmac to members of the media during his arrival at Topeka Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kan.
The hashtag BeersforBrett quickly gained momentum on Twitter.
Although Trump had pledged to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion, Conway said Kavanaugh had said during his confirmation hearing that it was “settled law”.
The fight ended up less about judicial views than the sexual assault accusations that riveted the nation and are certain to continue a national debate and #MeToo reckoning that is yet to be resolved.
After Ford’s allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Thomas’ combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies.
“Kavanaugh’s confirmation will leave a lot of outraged and energized women in its wake”, said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.
As Mr Kavanaugh took the oath in a private ceremony at the high court, protesters demonstrated loudly outside.
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who initially accused newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, revealed Friday their client will not pursue additional action against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh attended high school in Maryland, where he met Christine Blasey Ford, now a 51-year-old academic in the area of research psychology.
With the midterm elections a month away, Republican voter enthusiasm is “the strongest I’ve ever seen it”, according to President Trump.
Trump, at a rally in Kansas on Saturday, called Murkowski’s vote “disgraceful”.
“Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good”, he wrote. The court’s legitimacy as it does so rests on the public’s faith that its decisions can cut both ways. It was to fill the seat held by Anthony Kennedy, known as a “swing justice”, and Kavanaugh’s vote could tilt the court to the right because he is expected to consistently vote with the Court’s four conservatives.
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.
“I don’t think she has any regrets”.
But the Kavanaugh nomination has further poisoned already strained, partisan relations in the Senate.
“It unleashed something inside me”.
Kavanaugh: “I’m here today to tell the truth”.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered up some words of praise for protesters ahead of the vote.
The protests also spilled over to the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C., with demonstrators holding a so-called “confirmation kegger”.
“Our base is fired up”.
Kavanaugh was one of the lead writers of the report.
The new profile of the court immediately makes Trump a consequential president, for all of the chaos and discord that rages around his White House, and means his legacy will include an achievement that eluded previous Republican presidents – all of whom had more authentic conservative credentials. He said the FBI had done seven background investigations and argued that, had there been an issue, it would have surfaced sooner.
The results on the upcoming midterm elections seem to be complicated.
“We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy”, said Collins, perhaps the chamber’s most moderate Republican. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
“It is a sad day, but the recourse will have to be on election day”, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told reporters. Kavanaugh denied any wrongdoing.