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Paula Reid, CBS News correspondent covering the Justice Department, the White House and legal affairs.

Kavanaugh, now the country's 114th Supreme Court justice, could give conservatives a solid 5-4 ideological edge on the court and shape rulings for decades. The new justice's four clerks all are women, the first time that has happened. However, the Republican cautioned that "it remains to be seen whether this lasts for the next three weeks or not".

That accuser, Julie Swetnick, alleged that at house parties in the early 1980s, she observed Kavanaugh "fondling and grabbing girls without their consent" and, along with others, spiking drinks to force girls to lose their inhibitions.

With the partisan divide becoming more glaring on every issue with each passing election, Republicans feel their voters now increasinly view Democrats as opportunists who wanted to milk the Christine Blasey Ford testimony - especially after the way they whined despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe finding no corroborating evidence of Ford's claims against Kavanaugh from their high school years more than three decades ago.

"I will always be humbled and proud to sit in Justice Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court", he said.

Banks said Ford "knows" who assaulted her, disputing the idea popular among some Republicans that Ford was assaulted but had mistaken her assaulter's identity.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress in November - angrily predicted that the Kavanaugh row would backfire on Democrats.

"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace", he said.
"He's a flawless person".

Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

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Trump has repeatedly sided with men accused of sexual misconduct and has warned of the dangers false accusations pose to men - even though research has shown false accusations to be extremely rare. "Disgusting statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about". And he toughed it out.

After a tense set of testimonies from Ford and Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved his nomination forward for a full Senate vote, where he was confirmed on Saturday by a 50-48 vote.

According to a new report from Planned Parenthood, 25 million USA women of reproductive age "are poised to lose access to abortion immediately if Kavanaugh is the fifth vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade".

Only one vulnerable incumbent, Joe Manchin, stood up to Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and other pro-abortion party leaders while Joe Donnelly, Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, and Jon Tester caved under pressure.

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Justice of the US Supreme Court. "We are right in the middle of this president's first term", McConnell said in a floor speech in June.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. Yet Mr Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

Outside groups are working on an unusually long paper trail from his previous government and political work, with the National Archives and Records Administration expected to release a cache of millions of documents this month.

But clearly the pair do not speak for the 55% of women who told pollsters that they were opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation, or the 52% who said they believed Dr. Ford's testimony. In Garland's case, McConnell argued that a nomination to the Supreme Court should not be considered before a presidential election. "And we really have become even more so than ever before the party of opportunity and wealth".


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