Democrats: Kavanaugh confirmation sends 'terrible message' to women

Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on Sept. 27 2018

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Mass arrests took place yesterday as the police apprehended crowds of people protesting the confirmation of the controversial Judge Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as the next US Supreme Court justice, despite sexual assault allegations. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

Susan Collins for her support of now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling the Maine Republican "incredible" for her speech on the Senate floor just one day earlier.

A conservative who served in President George W. Bush's White House, Kavanaugh will replace the court's swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and will likely move the court to the right for decades to come.

Also on Friday, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she plans to vote no on Kavanaugh. 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.

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

After less than a week of investigation, the FBI presented its 1,000-page document, in which Republicans said it told them "nothing new" about the allegations, and did not corroborate Ford's story.

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court has been decided.

Numerous demonstrators held signs reading "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker", recalling the #troublemaker hashtag used by President Donald Trump on Friday in reference to protesters who opposed Kavanaugh's nomination.

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote.

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McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the "mob" of opposition - confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes - united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Kavanaugh's confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party this fall.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

Murkowski voted no on the procedural vote; Flake, Collins and Manchin voted yes.

"We have a separation of powers that doesn't exist any more, and it's very scary", she said.

The 53-year-old justice's wife, children, and parents were in attendance.

Kavanaugh, who denied all of the misconduct allegations, called the attacks on his nomination a "calculated and orchestrated political hit" devised by Democrats in combative and emotional testimony that made some, including Republicans, question his temperament and political impartiality.

Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

"It's really just been a continuation and sometimes an escalation of what we saw in 1987", Leonard Leo, a White House adviser on Supreme Court nominations, said after leaving the Senate's public gallery following the vote on Saturday.

As Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Contemplation of Justice statue. Members of this body are duty bound to make sure men and women of the highest distinction are appointed to the Supreme Court - fortunately that is the case with the one that stands before us today. "And that's what they've become", he said. "But I'm anxious. I am really anxious that this becomes the new normal, where we find new and even more creative ways to tear one another down".

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