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07 October 2018

"And that was from the heart, that was from the heart", Trump added.

Leahy, a former Judiciary Committee chairman, remains bitter at McConnell for declaring, within hours of Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February 2016, that he would not allow any Supreme Court nominee of President Barack Obama's to receive a hearing because it was Obama's previous year in office. Some have had none. Murkowski said she'd use an obscure procedure that lets one senator offset the absence of another without affecting the outcome.

The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, likely cementing a conservative majority on the court for a generation and bringing to an end months of bitter partisan feuding marked by shocking allegations of sexual assault and vehement and angry denials from the nominee.

Kavanaugh's path to the court seemed unfettered until mid-September, when Christine Blasey Ford accused him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her in a locked bedroom at a 1982 high school gathering.

"From the start of this process, I promised my constituents that I would look seriously at Judge Kavanaugh's record and cast my vote based on the facts I have before me and what is best for West Virginia".

Hundreds of Kavanaugh opponents also reportedly gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday to chant "No means no!" As a replacement for Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on cases dealing with LGBTQ rights, abortion, and affirmative action, Kavanaugh could cause the court to lean more conservative on these issues.

Flake was the Republican from Arizona who engineered the last-minute delay so the FBI could conduct its week-long supplemental background investigation into the Kavanaugh accusations by three women. "It showed no corroboration -- no nothing".

Aboard Air Force One, Trump said Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, terrible attack" that "nobody should have to go through". "And you were very disciplined after Christine Ford came out and the left was going wacky".

One month from November's midterm elections, Trump told his supporters that after the Kavanaugh confirmation fight, "we have been energized".

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The notion that Ford had mistaken Kavanaugh for a different attacker has been a common one among conservative circles.

Trump is visiting Topeka for a Saturday evening fundraiser and rally for Kris Kobach, the controversial secretary of state running for Kansas governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in a key congressional race there.

"You don't want those people in office, folks", he said, referring to Sens.

Kavanaugh's confirmation leaves the Senate traumatized with Republicans and Democrats as estranged as at any time in recent memory, reflecting the cavernous divides in the country itself during a presidency that has ignited rare political passions.

He again called Sen. The final vote confirming Justice Kavanaugh is a victory not so much for conservatives, but for all those who still believe in the basic principles of due process and the presumption of innocence.

"I used to think he was a pretty fearless guy".

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally". Susan Collins, saying she was "great". "There are a number of friendly senators who have provided passes to us", she said. "The horror they had to endure from these people like Blumenthal and Booker, who was a disaster as the mayor of Newark". U.S. Capitol Police began arresting some of them.

The Women's March tweeted this image showing U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) after she announced Friday afternoon she would vote yes on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, one of the Democrats who voted against the motion and has vocally opposed Kavanaugh's nomination since accusations of sexual assault arose in July, lamented the vote's passing on CNN.

Backed by senators, Kavanaugh on track for U.S