Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, but his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
The ideological tilt of the court hung in the balance, and a Republican president pushed hard with a conservative nominee that led to the most politically charged confirmation hearings in a generation, including intimate questions about the nominee’s personal life.
Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, both regarded as swing votes, said they would support Kavanaugh. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting Kavanaugh, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points.
However, one has to wonder if the enthusiasm will last another four weeks when voters head to the polls. “We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy”.
Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party when she was 15 and he 17 – 36 years ago.
Nancy Pelosi announced on Saturday that she will file a Freedom of Information Act request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation report on sexual assault allegations against incoming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
In the pivotal moment Friday, Collins, perhaps the chamber’s most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a Senate floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes.
But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations.
Like other Republicans, he sees Kavanaugh as a justice who would sweeten the chances of reversing Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed women’s constitutional right to legal abortion.
In less than two years he has delivered two Supreme Court justices and cemented his legacy amongst conservatives – delivering a dream that’s been decades in the making.
“I believe Brett Kavanaugh’s a good man”. “What’s happening here has much more to do with that OK? than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice”. “I’m also concerned about the impact on the court”.
The vote was apparently interrupted repeatedly, the New York Times reports, including by one woman who yelled, “This is a stain on American history!” “I think his record and bias on any number of issues – women’s reproductive rights, gun violence, and presidential power among them – makes him unfit to serve on the Supreme Court, and to ram through his nomination after witnessing Dr. Ford’s credible testimony represents politics at its worst”.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Washington Post that the protests against Kavanaugh have been a “great political gift” to the Republican Party.
A final confirmation vote is scheduled to take place later Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Pelosi revealed her plans after the Senate confirmed Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with a 50-48 vote.
The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament. Mr. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he’s replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on two conservatives and two liberals.
It took months to get here – but within hours of the vote, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to the highest court in the land.