Sens. Moran and Roberts on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation


About 5:45 p.m. ET Saturday, a large crowd of protesters surged onto the front steps of the Supreme Court, chanting, "Hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh has got to go". "He is not only qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but he will be impartial and fair while serving on the court".

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. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

It took 89 days from his nomination, on July 9, through one of the most contentious Supreme Court nomination proceedings in US history, to his confirmation vote Saturday.

Republicans rebutted the attacks of Democrats, saying there was nothing in the hearings - or in the extra Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews - which should disqualify the circuit court of appeals judge from joining the Supreme Court.

The Congressional Research Service and NBC News have calculated the time between nomination and confirmation for recent Supreme Court nominees.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the accusations in sworn testimony. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "He has consistently sided with the most powerful special interests, not American workers". "The stakes for Ohioans are too high to give this justice a lifetime appointment to our highest court", said Brown.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court. "If he does not get it, they will portray this as a political hit-job to try and get Trump's base out", Jeanne Zaino, a professor or political science at Iona College in NY, told The Independent.

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Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

"This is a dark day for our country", Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) said in a statement. "They both start with the proposition that the court's job is not to make law but to apply the Constitution and statutes as they were written, to the facts of a case", Risch's statement reads. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop".

The fight ended up less about judicial views than the sexual assault accusations that riveted the nation and are certain to continue a national debate and #MeToo reckoning that is yet to be resolved.

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to", Collins said.

"Yet, Senate Republicans chose to send a clear message to all women: do not speak out, and if you do? do not expect to be heard, believed or respected", she said. It was never about the truth. Kavanaugh's confirmation cements a conservative majority on the high court, his opponents say.

Polling showed that in the 2016 election, 48 percent of voters said the Supreme Court was a major factor in their presidential vote, and 21 percent of voters said it was their top issue.

He also took indirect aim at the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, praising the "incredible Republican senators for refusing to back down in the face of the Democrats' shameless campaign of political and personal destruction". And it's appalling to see how survivors of sexual violence have been treated when they have the bravery to step forward and speak out.