Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

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"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court", the president wrote minutes after Vice President Mike Pence officially announced Kavanaugh's confirmation. Democrats expressed outrage of Republicans' handling of the allegations and efforts by the White House to limit the scope of the FBI investigation into the matter. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was a "no", but voted "present" as a courtesy to Sen.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh surfaced in mid-September and threatened to derail the nomination. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, could attend his daughter's wedding and did not have to attend the vote.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process has laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections. "Our opponents on the Kavanaugh confirmation have done what we were unable to figure out how to do ourselves, which is to get our core supporters really energized and really anxious to go vote".

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Toomey compared it with the sexual harassment accusation raised against Clarence Thomas during his confirmation hearings: "I do not think that has left a permanent cloud over Clarence Thomas". "It has aroused the American people in terms of the issue of veracity and whether or not we're going to have a member of the Supreme Court who in fact is honest", Sanders said.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the accusations in sworn testimony. "I'm not going to be complicit in packing a court with more corporate justices".

The Time's Up campaign praised a turning tide in U.S. 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".

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He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the midterm elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation. Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.

But Senator Ed Markey insisted ahead of the confirmation that it would only galvanize Democrats to deliver a "devastating" blow to Republicans at the ballot box.

Kavanaugh is expected to be a vote against LGBT rights, among other things.

Lucy Leriche, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, said in a statement that Kavanaugh is unfit to sit on the Supreme Court but also that there has been an "uprising" of Vermonters who have stepped up to protect women's rights and to oppose Kavanaugh during this process. "We'll keep fighting for Vermonters' reproductive freedom and rights".

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