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Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

Senator Mazie Hirono attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018.

"But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said, 'I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen, ' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury". We finally discovered the one thing that would fire up the Republican base, and we didn't think of it.

"The Senate's not broken, and we didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him", McConnell averred.

During an evening rally in Topeka, Kansas, Trump was greeted by prolonged cheers on what he called a "truly historic night". That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted. But other accusations and rumours were circling as voting was delayed for an additional FBI investigation.

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

Just as he denied the sexual allegations against him, Kavanaugh spent much of the past three weeks trying to distance himself from any hint of misogyny.

His confirmation provides a defining accomplishment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, which found a unifying force in the cause of putting a new conservative majority on the court.

The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48.

Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

The Time's Up campaign praised a turning tide in USA attitudes, but said "it's heartbreaking but not surprising that this small group of largely white men made a decision that valued the career of one man above all else".

In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays.

"This is a a good day for America and an important day for the Senate".

Democratic senator Ben Cardin of Maryland noted that several key issues framing the November 6 election - women's reproductive rights, the Mueller investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and Republican attempts to roll back the Obamacare health program - could all come before a Supreme Court pitched to the right by Kavanaugh's presence.

The bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has exacerbated the nation's political divide and left many Americans emotionally raw. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said.

Critics have objected to Kavanaugh over his sexual assault allegations, as well as his record and statements that have been widely regarded as partisan. I don't know. Where's the house?

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Trump will host Kavanaugh at the White House for a public swearing-in ceremony on Monday, following Saturday's formal oath-taking at the high court.

"We're taking back Maine's Senate seat, and claiming it for someone who knows how to listen to her constituents", tweeted Mainers for Accountable Leadership, which organized protests at Collins' office.

He added: "I've never campaigned against a colleague in my life". Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with her party that day to vote against advancing Kavanaugh's confirmation, and took aim at parts of Kavanaugh's testimony she said displayed inappropriate partisan interest and a short temper.

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