Cheering Kavanaugh win, Trump skewers Democrats as 'angry, left-wing mob'

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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., heads to the Senate floor for the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.

Sen. Susan Collins defended her support for newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and said she found no corroborating evidence for Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of sexual assault.

The outcome was known on Friday, when two key senators, Susan Collins of ME, a Republican, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, said they would vote for Kavanaugh. "He is an outstanding person and I'm very honored to have chosen him", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas.

"Ironically the behavior of Democrats on Senate Judiciary Committee and then the overreach of the protests at the Capitol have actually energized the Republican base, particularly in the red states where we're trying to pick up seats across America", McConnell said.

Hirono also said Sunday that her party should focus on the upcoming elections "like a laser beam" despite calls from some progressives to impeach Kavanaugh if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it a "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.

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Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a "smear" campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded. "It treated serious allegations as a nuisance to be sidestepped rather than a call to investigate seriously".

She said the silver lining in the whole is that more women will press charges now when they are sexually assaulted.

He spoke of "intimidation by the mob" and said the Senate vote should be one "to turn away from darkness".

He compared the contentious battle over Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct, with his decision not to even bring former President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland up for a vote.

"All of us have been hearing stories and accounts from survivors going back many, many years where they kept all these painful, traumatic accounts to themselves and this is what happens with sexual assault survivors that they do not come forward", Hirono said.

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

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Murkowski said Friday that Kavanaugh was "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

Reflecting the depth of Democratic anger, Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted on Saturday that the Republicans had confirmed "a unsafe & deeply flawed nominee only by breaking all the rules & norms".

The appointment will be for life but the politics surrounding it are far from over.

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.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts shortly after the vote. "We didn't go on a search and destroy mission", he said. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation. "I don't know. I don't know". Kavanaugh is now Trump's second nominee to be seated on the high court, and the Senate has approved more circuit court judges this session of Congress than any other.

"He will serve and I won't like his opinions", Dershowitz added. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

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