Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as SC Judge amid protests

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Joe Manchin of West Virginia despite his help confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. He denies Ms Ramirez's allegations, too.

Corry Bliss, who runs the Congressional Leadership Fund to preserve the House GOP majority, said: "In the last week things have undeniably improved in our polling". Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath. A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a later date, the Supreme Court also said.

Kavanaugh's nomination process has been plagued in recent weeks by sexual misconduct allegations made by three women.

Oddly, Ms Murkowski will also separately be counted for a "yes" vote. The session was presided over by Pence.

At a rally in Kansas, Mr Trump condemned Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against his nominee for the United States supreme court.

During the debate over Kavanaugh, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Trump and the GOP "conducted one of the least transparent, least fair, most biased processes" in history, and he predicted that it would drive more Democrats to the polls.

Trump called The Post from the White House residence on Saturday afternoon, shortly before the Senate held its final vote and before he jetted to Kansas for an evening campaign rally, where he was looking to take a victory lap.

"They managed to deliver the only thing we had not been able to figure out how to do, which is to get our folks fired up", McConnell said. She added Republicans had done "violence to the reputation of both the Senate Judiciary Committee & Supreme Court" with its limited FBI investigation of the sexual assault allegations Kavanaugh faced.

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But most of this year's competitive Senate races are in traditionally red states, and as Republicans have rallied to Kavanaugh's side, the chances of Democratic upsets there have dropped, at least for now. But she is technically not a vote. "I was assaulted when I was younger and I didn't tell anybody".

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

Debate over the nomination triggered a protest Thursday in Washington, the U.S. Senate building.

"It's turned our base on fire", declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

"We still have in this country certain fundamental principles, due process, fairness, a presumption of innocence, " she said.

In recent weeks, Trump campaigned hard for Kavanaugh as Republicans try to keep control of Congress after the November 6 elections.

At a political rally in MS on Tuesday, Trump mocked Ford's account of what she says was a drunken attack on her byKavanaugh when they were teenagers. She next faces voters in 2022. All those fellas and ME senator Susan Collins, that is, whose support of Kavanaugh gave him one of the clinching votes he needed to assume the gig.

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen.

"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, said before the vote.

"Judge Kavanaugh is a highly qualified public servant who has dedicated his life to faithfully applying the law as it is written, not as he wishes it to be". "I thought I had to even the playing field, because it was very unfair to the judge".