US Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice

Alex Wong  Getty Images

NYT House Democrat Promises Kavanaugh Investigation if Party Wins Control Alex Wong Getty Images6 Oct 2018

When Vice-President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.

After speaking with Kavanaugh and signing the commission to make him a member of the Supreme Court, Trump also took the time to mock anti-Kavanaugh protesters who swarmed the steps of the Supreme Court. If confirmed, I'll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks.

In a much anticipated speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins said that she believed that Ford was a survivor of sexual assault.

Her hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his background, which created a week long delay of the vote.

The moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks in Friday's cloture vote.

Despite her opposition to Kavanaugh, Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen.

She said she found no corroborating evidence for Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of sexual assault.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is openly expressing confidence the confirmation fight has dramatically boosted enthusiasm among his party's base ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.

Minority Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Kavanaugh did not belong on the bench as he had "obscured his views to the American people", "repeatedly misled the Senate" and delivered one of the "bitterest and most partisan testimonies ever presented by a nominee".

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanaugh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Rice, who also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations under Obama, said she appreciated the enthusiasm about her potential run, but said people who are angry about Kavanaugh should focus on the midterm elections.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill. In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes western Wilson County, Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding had not released a statement as of 5:30 p.m.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

McConnell said the confirmation fight had energized Republican voters and he praised GOP senators, who he said had "stood up to the mob" in favor of the "presumption of innocence". Wavering voters often move back toward their party's candidates as Election Day nears, and most of the competitive Senate races are in states that voted for Trump by a significant margin.

Brett Kavanaugh is the polar opposite of an honest arbiter.

Pelley also spoke to Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from conservative North Dakota who had also been wavering on whether or not to vote for Kavanugh's confirmation.

Hours after the narrow Senate vote, Trump also said he is "100 percent certain" that Kavanaugh did not commit sexual assault, and that Democrats used Ford's story to mount a "horrible, disgusting attack" on the nominee. The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony.

The Democrats" "strategy to capitalise on the "Me Too' movement for the political purposes backfired on them", Republican strategist Alice Stewart said.

Ferrari F1 boss says deficit to Mercedes 'looks impossible'