Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters keep up the fight, even after he's confirmed

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters keep up the fight, even after he's confirmed

After weeks of a tense confirmation battle, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon, in a 50-to-48 vote.

Right before the vote, McConnell said on the floor he hoped to move beyond "This brief, dark chapter in the Senate's history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow".

Before Pence called for the first vote, protestors began angrily yelling and were dragged out of the chamber by police.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), facing a tough re-election battle in his deep-red state, was the lone Democrat to break from his party and vote in Kavanaugh's favor.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seems destined to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

The Saturday proceeding was repeatedly interrupted by leftist protestors' irate screaming in the gallery.

Kavanaugh's appointment to US Supreme Court was caught in controversy as Dr Christine Ford, a psychology professor from Palo Alto University came forward with allegations of sexual assault against him.

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He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation. To date, only one Supreme Court justice has been impeached , though he was acquitted.


Democratic candidate for governor Rich Cordray said: "Today's vote was disheartening for so many of us - women and men alike - who are deeply troubled by the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh, the partisan rancor we see in Washington, and the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court". Afterward, Republicans declared that the FBI had not found any corroborating witnesses, while Democrats blasted the limited scope of the investigation, which they said ignored dozens of witnesses willing to corroborate allegations of sexual misconduct and lying under oath.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME isn't up for re-election until 2020, but critics vowed Saturday she'll pay a political price for voting for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"We disrupted the Senate proceedings", a follow-up tweet said.

Many in the GOP had characterized the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh as a politically motivated attempt to torpedo his nomination.

Kavanaugh was due to be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a private Supreme Court ceremony later Saturday.

On Friday, the Senate had voted 51-49 to close the debate and to proceed to the confirmation vote itself on Saturday.

Protesters stormed the stairs of the Supreme Court on Saturday to protest the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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The confirmation allows Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the congressional elections saying that he has kept his 2016 promise to mold a more conservative American judiciary. Another woman came forward the day before the September 27 testimony, Julie Swetnick, and alleged that Kavanaugh was present when she was gang raped at a party. 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.

There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as he voted yes. Steve Danies (R-Mont.) missed the vote to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding while Sen.

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh gathered on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

After police pushed them back from the doors, the demonstrators held signs and chanted, "No justice, no peace", and "We believe Anita Hill", a reference to the woman who accused Justice Clarence Thomas of misconduct.

'I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!' Trump said as the crowd cheered.

He might have claimed Kavanaugh was a "judge's judge", someone with "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications", but the man drawn from a list drawn up by White House counsel Don McGahn and the conservative Federalist Society, was always going to be contentious.

The attorneys also again addressed controversy over Ford's supposed reluctance to let the Judiciary Committee interview her in California.

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