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Demonstrators protest against Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court
Demonstrators protest against Kavanaugh in front of the Supreme Court
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09 October, 2018

The bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged involving Kavanaugh.

Susan Collins and her ilk knew the tactics they used to malign Anita Hill wouldn't work, so instead of calling Dr. Ford a liar, they all agreed to say she was a victim, but too dumb or hysterical to know who her perpetrator was.

Kavanaugh's nomination is a major victory for the President ahead of the key mid-term elections in November.

Trump made his comments as he left the White House en route to an event with law enforcement officials in Florida, where he devoted a segment of his comments to Kavanaugh.

"I think it will be something very, very special", Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn.

In the meantime, Kavanaugh will attend a swearing-in ceremony with President Trump Monday at the White House, and his first vote as an associate justice could come as early as Tuesday.

Protesters, a lot of them women, flooded the U.S. Capitol on Saturday ahead of the Senate's confirmation vote.

How's it looking for turnout this year, when the stakes couldn't be higher and the consequences of midterm elections couldn't be more clear? Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh.

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Other prominent Democrats indicate they have no immediate intention of pursuing an impeachment of Kavanaugh.

Still, Democrats senator Chris Coons said he believed it would be premature for his party to talk about re-investigating Mr Kavanaugh or a possible impeachment if it takes control of the chamber, stressing a need to help heal the country.

He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who's Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court.

Collins ignored the rather pertinent point that this history of betrayals of the anti-abortion cause by certain Republican-appointed Justices is precisely why Donald Trump was forced to make his unprecedented, specific pledge about the reproductive rights positions of future Supreme Court nominees. "It was a great vote, a very historic vote", Trump said.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, speaking on the floor right before the 50-48 vote, said the country needs to have a reckoning on Kavanaugh and the Senate process.

His nomination was thrown into turmoil in the three weeks preceding the vote after university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a suburban Washington house party more than three decades ago when both were teenagers. Those who tried to destroy his life fell short. "I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable".

Kavanaugh acknowledged that the confirmation was "contentious" and "emotional" but said that he wished to be a force for "stability and unity" on the Supreme Court.

The other eight justices are all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which is entirely ceremonial. But independent court analysts say Kavanaugh is likely to lean toward more conservative rulings.


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