Trump anticipates Senate win for Kavanaugh

09 October, 2018, 04:26 | Author: Carlos George
  • About 2,000 protesters- most of them women- gathered outside the United States Capitol building

"The refusal of the Trump Administration to conduct a complete investigation of numerous sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh should have put an end to his nomination", he said.

Trump is expected to watch the vote play out from aboard Air Force One as he flies to Kansas.

If recent history with Neil Gorsuch is any indication, now that Kavanaugh's been confirmed. he could be sworn in as early as Monday.

Kavanaugh was due to be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a private Supreme Court ceremony later Saturday.

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.

U.S. Capitol Police arrest protesters from the steps of the Capitol in the hours ahead of a scheduled U.S. Senate vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, U.S. October 6, 2018. Pence, keeping an unaffected demeanor, repeatedly called on the Senate sergeant-at-arms to restore order.

Trump told reporters aboard the flight he is certain one of Kavanaugh's accusers, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, named the wrong person when she identified Kavanaugh as the man who assaulted her when the two were in high school.

A few hundred protesters are gathering outside the Capitol before the vote. "They have been seared into my memory, and have haunted me episodically as an adult".

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After Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies.

His elevation to the Supreme Court also stands as a demoralizing defeat for Democrats who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge at all costs.

Ned Lamont, the Democratic candidate to replace Malloy, said the Senate vote sent the wrong message to victims of sexual assault and all Americans.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

Kavanaugh's confirmation as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. This is his second confirmed nomination for the US Supreme Court. Republicans emerged confident that the FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details.

The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests.

The scene unfolded Saturday afternoon as Kavanaugh was officially being placed on the nation's highest court. The move did not impact the overall outcome of the vote, but it allowed for the margin to be the same as it would have been if Daines had been there to participate and prevented a situation where Daines would have to fly back Saturday to cast a vote to ensure the result.

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