During the final moments before the vote, Senate Democratic Party leader Chuck Schumer said: "To Americans, to so many millions who are outraged by what happened here, there's one answer: Vote" in November. "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said.
- Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him.
To Democrats, Kavanaugh's ascent to the Supreme Court in spite of decades-old sexual misconduct allegations will only deepen the party's pull with female voters, including independents and moderates who may have previously voted for Republicans. "The damage done today will be enduring".
Protesters rallied in Washington and other United States cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old jurist, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticized for his angry partisan rhetoric.
"Of the various 1,200 appointments who come to us for confirmation, obviously the most important are the lifetime appointments to the courts and we prioritize handling President Trump's outstanding nominees for the Supreme Court".
Kavanaugh's confirmation process has laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections.
Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent. Trump, at a rally in Kansas on Saturday, called Murkowski's vote "disgraceful".
But the bitter confirmation fight appears to have deepened the fissures in Congress as lawmakers and their supporters prepare to head out on the campaign trail.
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But how reaction to the Kavanaugh affair will ultimately play out remains to be seen.
Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said on Sunday that Kavanaugh would be sitting on the court "with a huge taint after his name. The partisanship he showed was astounding".
Both sides claimed that the brutal political battle over Kavanaugh had galvanised their supporters.
Among those concerns are women's reproductive rights, the Mueller investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and Republican attempts to roll back the Obamacare health programme. He then pulled a quote from Senator Susan Collins' (R-ME) Friday testimony in which she said that "when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". I don't know by whom. Republicans past year successfully stalled the process, meaning it fell to Mr Trump, not Barack Obama, to nominate the new justice.
"These things always blow over", McConnell told reporters during a cheerful press conference after the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon... Lisa Murkowski - was a yes.
Already, some Democrats are talking about the possibility of impeachment proceedings against Kavanaugh - calling into question the legitimacy of his ascension.
In reply to Dickerson's question why the fact that Fold told her husband and her therapist about the assault long ago did not amount to corroboration, Collins cited Ford's failure to avail herself of the opportunity to have further interviews with bipartisan staff investigators of the Judiciary Committee.
"A pox on both houses for the way this was conducted", Ohio Governor John Kasich, a moderate Republican, told CNN's "State of the Union".