Opponents vow Sen. Collins will pay price for Kavanaugh vote

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Weeks ago, Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and former Justice Department official, floated the idea in a widely panned and since-deleted Twitter thread that Ford may have mixed up Kavanaugh with one of his classmates. Some have had none.

Republican Senator Susan Collins, who voted for Kavanaugh after a cliff-hanger, said it was a "confirmation process that has become so dysfunctional, it looks more like a caricature of a gutter-level political campaign than a solemn occasion".

Kavanaugh's nomination became an intense personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

"I am here because President Trump mocked sexual assault victims", said North Carolina native Kara Harrington, 50.

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.

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. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations. "It showed no corroboration -- no nothing".

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

Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, urged Americans who were dissatisfied with the confirmation to go to the polls in November and "vote".

The FBI submitted the confidential report to the Senate committee Thursday and soon Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the new FBI investigation into Kavanaugh found nothing to corroborate sexual assault allegations against him.

Dozens were arrested as they and others chanted "Vote them out!" and "No justice, no seat!"

Trump also claimed Democrats in the Senate have supported an "open borders bill" introduced by California Sen.

The notion that Ford had mistaken Kavanaugh for a different attacker has been a common one among conservative circles. At his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh stressed that the independent counsel statute in Morrison was different from the current special counsel system which functions as part of the Justice Department.

"I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday", Trump told reporters Saturday as he left the White House to fly to Kansas for a political rally.

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Two Republican waverers, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, finally made a decision to back the judge. You could see how hard she worked, how hard she was working. "The horror they had to endure from these people like Blumenthal and Booker, who was a disaster as the mayor of Newark".

The movement began partly in response to the election of President Donald Trump, who has bragged on tape about sexual assault and been publicly accused of assault or misconduct by more than 20 women.

Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as a justice to US Supreme Court on Saturday - hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, the court announced in a statement. In this case it was obvious there were going to be people very angry at me no matter what I did.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".

During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh tried to dispel fears that he would rule on a partisan basis, arguing that "a good judge must be an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy". Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will prompt infuriated women and liberals to stream to the polls to oust Republicans.

Trump was in Kansas to campaign for Kris Kobach, secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas.

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