Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, said in a tweet that Kavanaugh’s confirmation capped, “A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature”. She then voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination and has said that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh’ during the full Senate’s confirmation vote on Saturday.
Hundreds of demonstrators protested on Capitol Hill, chanting “vote them out” and “November is coming”.
The Senate Majority Leader was heavily criticized when he put a halt to Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, whom Obama nominated in his final year in the White House. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate’s and the nation’s attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh’s rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president’s right to bat away legal probes. Earlier in the day, Cornyn told a group of reporters that this has “not been the Senate’s finest hour”, and said that “a better path forward” is needed. “Keep it up, because it’s going to make America stronger”.
“Democrats have been trying to destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh since the very first second he was announced”, Trump declared as he rallied voters in Minnesota on Thursday night. “And I think this gave us the motivation and the opportunity to have the kind of turnout in this off-year election that will help us hold the Senate”. But when asked again Sunday about it, he sought to clarify that a Senate case in 1880 suggested inaction on a nominee only when the chamber was controlled by the party opposing the president. Jeff Flake of Arizona, followed by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME and red state Democratic Sen.
Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.
President Trump said he is “100 percent” certain that Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in testimony during his Supreme Court nomination hearings. Polls showed that party affiliation – more than gender, age, or other variables – were the most predictive factor in whether voters believed Ford or Kavanaugh.
Critics have objected to Kavanaugh over his sexual assault allegations, as well as his record and statements that have been widely regarded as partisan. Republicans previous year successfully stalled the process, meaning it fell to Mr Trump, not Barack Obama, to nominate the new justice.
It now has five conservatives ranged against four liberals, and with lifetime appointments for judges, 53-year-old Kavanaugh can be expected to impact the court for decades.
In a floor speech later on Friday, Murkowski expressed sympathy for both Ford and Kavanaugh. “The democrats have become too extreme and too risky to govern”, Trump said.
“I think that this has been an awakening for this country”, she said.
Later he spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One, saying Mr Kavanaugh had withstood a “horrible attack by the Democrats” and that women were “outraged” at what had happened to the nominee.
He praised his Republican colleagues. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who was instead attending his daughter’s wedding.
The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term. “If he were present and voting, he would have voted aye”, Murkowski said during the roll call vote.