US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Trump wins: Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court

UPDATED: US Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Under-fire judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed by the US Senate and will assume his role as the next Supreme Court justice after an historically tight vote on Saturday which saw 50 votes for his confirmation and 48 against.

"The Democrats are going to pivot to the election, and we're going to turn this nomination into a referendum on whether or not Donald Trump can be trusted to name federal judges or to continue to control an absolute monopoly on creating public policy in the United States", Markey told reporters.

In Indiana, Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, who voted against Kavanaugh, now tops Republican challenger Mike Braun by two points (43-41 percent), according to the latest Fox News polling.

The committee paused the nomination process for a week so the FBI could investigate.

Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault. "In one month we have the chance to vote and stand up for the country we love".

Trump is visiting Topeka for a Saturday evening fundraiser and rally for Kris Kobach, the controversial secretary of state running for Kansas governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in a key congressional race there. A second accuser, Debbie Ramirez, also came forward with her own allegations against Kavanaugh.

Manchin was the first Democrat to agree to meet with Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, and he has repeatedly said that he wanted to carefully analyze the FBI's supplemental background check on Kavanaugh before casting his vote.

Lisa Murkowski, saying that Alaskans will "never forgive" her for voting against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Collins said Saturday that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion".

The Senate's vote on Saturday (October 6) was 50 to 48 - the narrowest margin since 1881, the Washington Post points out - and came in almost precisely down party lines.

Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, responded "me" on Friday to a post asking who could challenge Collins when she is up for re-election in 2020.

It was not clear that Kavanaugh would have the votes for confirmation until Collins said in a Senate floor speech that she would support his nomination.

"This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who sexually assaulted me".

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

And he says he thinks the week-long delay as the FBI investigated sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh was something positive.

Then at 4:01 p.m., Pence officially confirmed Kavanaugh as an associate justice to the Supreme Court.

Democrats expressed concern not only about the sexual assault allegations, but also his judicial record, arguing that he would overturn Roe v Wade and rule from the extreme right.

Democrats say Mr Kavanaugh will push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for President Trump should he encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign. Just as he has been highly regarded as a fair-minded and independent judge on the Circuit Court, I believe that is how he will be viewed on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh defended his actions, citing his previous 12 years as a District Court Judge in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Friday.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of NY says there's one fundamental question for senators when they decide Kavanaugh's fate: "Do we, as a country, value women?"

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