BREAKING: Kavanaugh Wins As US Senate Confirms Him To Supreme Court
Kavanaugh Wins As US Senate Confirms Him To Supreme Court
The US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday in the closest vote in more than a century, amid controversy over sexual abuse allegations against him.
The vote, 50 to 48, was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, with the Capitol Police dragging screaming demonstrators out of the gallery as the senators sat somberly at their wooden desks in the chamber below.
“This is a stain on American history!” one woman cried, as the vote wrapped up.
The final vote was still a monumental development in a sharply divided America.
It came down to stark political loyalties in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh from his past, which brought up current questions about his honesty, temperament and partisanship during testimony.
Kavanaugh has strongly denied all allegations of such misconduct. Votes fell almost entirely along party lines and the nomination passed narrowly, 50-48. The vote was interrupted for a short time by protesters in the gallery.
Meanwhile, moments before the vote, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said “Brett Kavanaugh does not deserve to be on the bench” and said he had “repeatedly misled the Senate”.
Kavanaugh, Schumer said, is against “environmental protections, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, Native American rights, healthcare protections and workers’ rights.”
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