Democrats: Kavanaugh confirmation sends 'terrible message' to women


The vote marks the end of the most fraught successful confirmation process at least since the 1991 appointment of Clarence Thomas, another conservative judge, who was also almost derailed by claims of personal misconduct.

Earlier Saturday, the Senate voted 50-48, mostly along party lines, to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court.

Giving evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh launched an impassioned defence of his conduct and character after being accused of sexually assaulting Professor Christine Blasey Ford at a high school party in 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17.

The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized national conversation in the US after claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago allegations he emphatically denied.

The dramatic Senate floor announcement by perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican ended most of the suspense over a tortuous, election-season battle that had left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for almost a month after the first accusation against him.

After Justice Kennedy announced his retirement this year, Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace his one-time mentor on the Supreme Court.

The senator said she spoke with Judge Kavanaugh in her office for two hours, an additional hour on the phone and dozens of her own constituents before making her decision. "It showed no corroboration -- no nothing".

The bitter fight over Kavanaugh now moves into the epicenter of the campaign for the midterm elections in November.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", he said. "And you were very disciplined after Christine Ford came out and the left was going wacky".

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But a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination has been delayed following allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in high school. Roche also said he believed Deborah Ramirez, another Yale classmate who claimed sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

After touting the economy and unemployment, and bringing gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach and House candidate Steve Watkins on stage, Trump returned to Democrats, attacking potential 2020 opponents and the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including one riff where he appeared to imagine beating up Joe Biden. "It has never been refuted by anybody", said Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Feinstein.

Carrying colorful signs and chanting fervent phrases, about 500 people lined the sidewalks Saturday near the Kansas Expocentre to voice opposition on several fronts to President Donald Trump's leadership and policies.

He again called Sen.

At a rally in Topeka, Kansas, moments after Judge Kavanaugh took up his new role, President Trump praised him as a "loving husband, devoted father, and faithful public servant", thanking Republicans for not backing down to the "radical Democrats".

"I used to think he was a pretty courageous guy".

"I liked beer, I still like beer", he said. Collins and a group of Senate Republicans reportedly had lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"How good was Sen". "He was treated very, very unfairly, Jeanine". "You could see how hard she worked". "The horror they had to endure from these people like Blumenthal and Booker, who was a disaster as the mayor of Newark". But protesters overran the barricades and defiantly claimed the Capitol steps.

US President Donald Trump said he was looking forward to a Senate confirmation vote on his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday and said the conservative judge would do a "great, great" job on the court.

After Dr. Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Mr. Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the latter of whom he referred to as Pocahontas, saying that he had "more Indian blood in me" than she did, "and I've got none".