Trump says Murkowski 'will never recover' for voting no on Kavanaugh

Hannah Rogers
October 9, 2018

"Where's my representation?" one female protester screamed before being forced out of the chamber. Unlike Gorsuch - who replaced the far-right Justice Antonin Scalia - Kavanaugh is taking the place of a justice who was a less reliable vote for Republicans and could prove to be more dependably conservative than his predecessor. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a Republican, chose to vote "present" so Sen. "Steve Daines" (R-Mont.) 'yes" vote, in essence canceling out their opposing votes, allowing Daines to attend his daughter's wedding instead of the session without worrying about the final verdict coming down to his deciding vote.

Kavanaugh's partisan rhetoric: During his testimony, Kavanaugh criticized Democratic lawmakers for what he deemed "a calculated and orchestrated political hit". The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender and political divides.

Brett Kavanaugh will be counting on those strong traditions of collegiality after he was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday. "Later today, the President will sign his commission of appointment and he will be officially sworn in", White House Spokesman Raj Shah released in a statement.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records. Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath.

President Trump blamed Democrats for the controversy over allegations of sexual misconduct when Mr Kavanaugh was a high school and college student. "It didn't look that way but in the end, that's what happened".

Reese Witherspoon said she "can't wait for November" - adding the blue wave symbol for a vast victory for the Democrats.

Unsurprisingly, Mr Trump took a very different tone, tweeting to "applaud and congratulate" the Senate's confirmation of his "great nominee".

He invited reporters to join him as the votes were tallied.

Last week, Iowa's senior senator, Chuck Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, opened a second round of hearings for Kavanaugh. "I have great respect for Susan Collins".

Retired Justice Stevens opposes Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
One of the longest-serving justices in Supreme Court history thinks it would be a mistake to put Brett Kavanaugh on the court. Stevens, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Gerald Ford in 1975, retired from the Supreme Court in 2010.

"I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday".

Democrats have accused Republicans of "stealing" a seat that belonged to Garland, while Republicans have said that there is a long-standing tradition of not confirming nominees during a presidential election year.

The addition of Kavanaugh stands to reshape drastically the jurisprudence of many, if not all, of those issues.

The vote comes after Kavanaugh faced accusations of sexual misconduct from Ramirez and other women.

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people. "She gave an impassioned, handsome speech yesterday". Brown pointed to Kavanaugh's record of anti-worker, anti-women, and anti-consumer rulings at a time when the Supreme Court continues to hand down rulings that hurt OH workers and families.

Those voting outside party lines include Joseph Manchin III (D-WV) who voted for Judge Kavanaugh.

Activists are arrested by Capitol Hill Police officers after occupying the steps on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol as they protest the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.

The vote could help bolster Manchin's reputation as independent from Democratic leadership - a key survival trait in deep-red West Virginia.

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