Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed After Heated National Debate

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Saturday's vote for Kavanaugh was 50-48.

Trump dismissed the protesters who crowded the US Capitol's hallways for days, shouted from the Senate gallery during Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, and demonstrated on the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday as a small group "that couldn't fit into the front row" of the Kansas rally.

"Judge Kavanaugh expressed a kind of raw tribal partisanship that we don't normally hear from judges, and if he were on the court no doubt those on the left would think he decided the way he did, at least in part, because of his Republican Party leanings".

He has used his lame-duck status as leverage to resist efforts to push through items on President Donald Trump's agenda.

On the opposing side, his supporters rallied behind Trump, who ridiculed Kavanaugh's main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and the others opposing him calling them "an angry left-wing mob".

The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated.

Kavanaugh staunchly denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, claimed the confrontation would turn out to his party's advantage.

For Trump, the past week brought another victory ahead of the elections: He managed to redeem a 2016 poll pledge to get the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with Canada and Mexico changed to more favourable terms for the U.S. and achieved it by brow-beating Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Conservative judges will have a 5-4 majority in the court over liberal justices.

Kavanaugh also indicated that he would overturn Morrison v. Olson, a 1988 Supreme Court case that upheld an independent counsel statute as constitutional.

Activists occupy the front steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
Activists occupy the front steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh faced allegations from three women of alcohol-fueled sexual misconduct from his younger years, when he was in high school and college.

Earlier in the day, a large crowd gathered on Capitol Hill shouting "Vote them out!" I think the hearing and what happened in light of the Kavanaugh appointment is that it moves the marker forward.

While she said she was 100 per cent sure the assailant was him, she acknowledged she did not remember numerous details. The judge strenuously denied them. While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law previous year, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he said.

On Friday, in the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling".

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the lone Republican to oppose the nomination, said Friday she's afraid lawmakers aren't doing enough for sexual assault survivors.

Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump.

At the request of Democrats and a Republican senator the Federal Bureau of Investigation was called in to look into the allegations - but was unable to corroborate their stories. She told reporters that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time". Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The conservative was confirmed as judge.

Mr Trump's choice of Judge Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was controversial from the beginning, but initial concerns were based around his conservative views.

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