Sen. Hirono: Democrats should focus on midterms instead of on impeaching Kavanaugh

Sen. Hirono: Democrats should focus on midterms instead of on impeaching Kavanaugh

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. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".

Adding to a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouted "Shame on you!" and briefly interrupted the vote.

"You've seen some shifts, but I still think that we're in a strong place", said New Mexico Rep.

Protesters rallied in Washington and other U.S. cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old judge, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticized for his angry partisan rhetoric.

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination, declaring he was "100 percent" certain his nominee was innocent.

So what were the numbers in the Senate? He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.

Collins, who provided a critical "yes" vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday, said when other lawmakers took issue with the judge's emotional denial of the allegations, she put herself "in his shoes." . Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh, but will be in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

While her vote spurred criticism, Collins was cheered by Republicans including current and former presidents.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said, "The Senate has been an embarrassment".

In their final summations, the two Senate party leaders reflected how bitter the divide had become.

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He said he was "sympathetic" to her and to Blasey Ford, but "it's just not who I knew as Brett Kavanaugh ". Charles "Chad" Ludington , 53, is an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University.

McConnell then stated that as a deliberative body, the Senate could "vote to turn away from the darkness" and "set a precedent about fairness and judgment" by voting for Brett Kavanaugh. In Topeka, Trump said he may have the opportunity to name more justices to the high court, and needs a Republican Senate to confirm them.

"We stood up to the mob".

But independent court analysts say Kavanaugh is likely to lean toward more conservative rulings, giving the court's four-member conservative bloc a 5-4 edge over the court's four liberals. "Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh's record or past have shown he will be such a justice".

Protesters occupy the Hart Senate Office Building during a rally against Kavanaugh in Washington.

Residents of a townhouse near the Washington home of Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican whose backing helped get Kavanaugh over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of the lawmaker's home state ME upside down in protest.

In emotionally charged scenes this past week, groups of anti-Kavanaugh protesters confronted members of Congress directly, with many demonstrators sharing their own stories of sexual assault.

Why is the court so important? The protests underscored the vital importance of an appointment that will have sweeping consequences for some of the nation's most contested disputes over abortion, LGBT rights, the scope of presidential power and the role of religion in society.

After threatening to vote no for Trump's tax bill in December, he eventually changed his mind to help the reform pass by a 51-48 margin.

With the controversy over the nomination focused on alleged victimising of women, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski opposed his nomination. Mr Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch strengthened the conservative leaning.

The last minute ambush of Kavanaugh was done with an eye on the upcoming elections by the Democrats, who hoped the battle would reinvigorate their base. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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