US Senate leader hails Kavanaugh vote as 'proudest moment'

US Senate leader hails Kavanaugh vote as 'proudest moment'

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court on Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.

Protesters swarmed the streets of Washington, and rushed to the steps of the Supreme Court to. Police stood guard at the doors.

"Those issues are going to be on the ballot in the mid-term, and Judge Kavanaugh underscores those issues", Cardin told Fox.

Trump has repeatedly sided with men accused of sexual misconduct and has warned of the dangers false accusations pose to men - even though research has shown false accusations to be extremely rare.

Ford testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had drunkenly attacked her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

McConnell also indicated he wouldn't try to punish Alaskan Republican Lisa Murkowski for her vote against on Kavanaugh, saying she is a member of his conference in good standing.

"We are not happy and we are going to do something about it", said Adrian Wilson, who was protesting in La Jolla.

Kavanaugh's confirmation appeared to be in trouble a week ago, when three Republican senators, along with Democrats, demanded a supplemental FBI investigation into allegations brought against the nominee by women, including psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford and his former Yale University classmate Debbie Ramirez.

In the final minutes before the vote, Democrat Chuck Schumer acknowledged the depth of feeling about Kavanaugh's nomination.

Democrats said the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe was nowhere near wide enough.

Democrats have always faced a hard Senate map - six of the competitive seats that they hold are in states Trump won, and five of those states he carried by at least 19 points - but their path now is more treacherous.

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

"What moved me ... was a sense of outrage and frustration that somebody who fashions herself a moderate centrist, and somebody who cares for equal rights and LGBT rights and Roe v Wade and all of this stuff, could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers", Rice said.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"We will see if there's a vacancy in 2020", McConnell said.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

"I am here because President Trump mocked sexual assault victims", said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.

"Anybody watching her testimony would know, I would say, would conclude that she was being very truthful", Hirono said. They say that Kavanaugh is a bad choice and that the confirmation process was biased against women.

Mr McConnell welcomed the acrimony of the political brawl.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid". "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election". The hope is that women - already frustrated with President Trump - turn out in droves for the midterms.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is warning House Democrats in purple districts that if they want to impeach Kavanaugh, he'll campaign against them.

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