When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion. "But what you just said now was it's a question of whether or not the party in control of the Senate is different than the president".
Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court.
After speaking with Kavanaugh and signing the commission to make him a member of the Supreme Court, Trump also took the time to mock anti-Kavanaugh protesters who swarmed the steps of the Supreme Court.
She added Republicans had done "violence to the reputation of both the Senate Judiciary Committee & Supreme Court" with its limited FBI investigation of the sexual assault allegations Kavanaugh faced.
Kavanaugh was one of the lead writers of the report. Garland wasn't granted a hearing or a vote.
"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation", he said to roars, thanking Republican senators for refusing to back down "in the face of the Democrats' shameless campaign of political and personal destruction".
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Several hundred protesters, a lot of them women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter".
Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come. "We didn't go on a search and destroy mission".
"It's a big day for the country, a big day for the administration and a big day for the Republican Senate", McConnell said.
The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament.
We all know the events of recent weeks have strained the country's comity and fanned the flames of partisan discord, but even more critically, our very commitment to the basic principles of fairness and justice is also being tested. I can not weigh the political consequences.
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"I think that's premature", Coons said of impeachment talk on NBC's "Meet the Press".
Susan Collins defended her decision to support the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in an interview that aired Sunday, but admitted it will be up to the voters of ME to eventually decide how they feel about it.
Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen.
Susan Collins, R-Maine, in the speech where she announced her support for Kavanaugh, tipping the Senate balance in his favor. "I mean, that is a devastating allegation", said Collins.
Skeptical of administrative power: Kavanaugh is skeptical of judges deferring too much to administrative agencies, and in particular has questioned the applicability of the Chevron doctrine, the principle that judges should defer to reasonable interpretations by agencies when statutes are ambiguous.
While fellow actress Alyssa Milano, who helped spark the Me Too movement by encouraging victims to tweet about their harassment or abuse, said she was "terrified and outraged". "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court". "Dr. Ford's goal here was never to impact the process to derail a nomination", attorney Lisa Banks said on All Things Considered. Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination; it was to inform the nomination and she's done that.
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