Victory for Trump in Supreme Court battle

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The US Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, after weeks of rancorous debate. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional oath, and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to a Supreme Court statement, "so that [Kavanaugh] can begin to participate in the work of the court immediately".

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans latched onto protest scenes as an issue in the wake of the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, using the word "mob" early and often on Saturday.

"I would have voted no if I disbelieved Judge Kavanaugh, but given his denials and the lack of evidence that this happened I just did not think that it was fair to ruin the life of this distinguished judge and his family over allegations that can not be proven", she said.

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

On the same program, McConnell chuckled when asked if Republicans will not campaign against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin now that he voted for Kavanaugh - the only Democrat to do so.

"The Senate's not broken, and we didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him", McConnell averred.

"She had talked about this assault to her husband, to others, before Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Court", Hirono continued. "The democrats have become too extreme and too risky to govern", Trump said.

Has political roots.: Kavanaugh joined independent counsel Kenneth Starr's team in 1994 to investigate then-President Bill Clinton.

"It's turned our base on fire", said Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moments after Kavanaugh had been confirmed.

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"This is a a good day for America and an important day for the Senate".

Kavanaugh's nomination was nearly derailed three weeks ago when California professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of trying to rape her at a 1982 party when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denied all allegations against him.

Collins also shrugged off Bash's mention that her support for Kavanaugh had drawn more than $3 million in funding for her opponent in 2020 and a public challenge from former President Barack Obama's national security adviser.

It drew the line under a bruising nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from a woman who says Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers - and by his fiery rebuttal. "Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior", Ramirez said.

His nomination was greeted by staunch protest in the District with thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters swarming Capitol Hill over the past week.

He said "radical Democrats" have become "an angry, left-wing mob" and "too unsafe and too extreme to govern". "I guess he is now the new center, which is rather frightening considering how conservative he is", she said.

"The one thing that she recollects with 100 percent accuracy is that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican who did not vote to confirm; rather than a "no" vote, she voted "present".

In regards to Kavanaugh and the sexual assault accusations surrounding him, she said that she was glad that boh Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and he were heard and that the FBI investigation was conducted.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, said he, too, planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said. Trump's aggressive defense of Kavanaugh - and more recent attacks against his female accuser - have resonated particularly with white working-class men, who are a shrinking voting bloc nationally but remain a critical segment of Trump's political base.