Judge Kavanaugh Sworn in as 114th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

October 7, 2018, 1:10 pm EST | Share:

WASHINGTON (AP) – After a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in a 50 to 48 vote.

He took oath on Saturday, October 6th. Despite the quiet, private ceremony, protesters gathered and chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

Those accusations over the alleged sexual misconduct of multiple women that happened three decades ago led to an angry jumble of questions about victims’ rights and to the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.

His confirmation provides a defining accomplishment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, which found a unifying force in the cause of putting a new conservative majority on the court. Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate’s and the nation’s attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh’s rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president’s right to bat away legal probes.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being “able to withstand this horrible, horrible attack by the Democrats.” He later telephoned his congratulations to the new justice, then at the rally returned to his own attack on the Democrats as “an angry left-wing mob.”

Like Trump, senators at the Capitol predicted voters would react strongly by defeating the other party’s candidates in next month’s congressional elections.

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Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick, Padmananda Rama, Ken Thomas, Catherine Lucey, Juliet Linderman and Mark Sherman contributed to this report.

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