US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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Hailed as a big political victory for Trump and the Republican Party, Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment as the 114th Supreme Court justice appeared to secure a solid majority of conservatives on the USA highest court for years.

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Senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway described the outcome as the "crowning achievement" of Trump's presidency, saying Trump was "the ultimate fighter who doesn't give up, doesn't give in and doesn't back down, even if there's an avalanche of criticism and vicious, vile reactions from the other side". Some have had none. White House advisers and Republican senators are encouraging him to keep Kavanaugh in the spotlight in the campaign's final weeks.

The Republican leader said he was talking with political strategists a day before Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh and they told him voters were more excited by the court fight than by any other issues.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process was marred by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, notably by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who gave tearful testimony before the Senate of how Kavanaugh had drunkenly held her down and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming at a high school party in 1982. Susan Collins (R-ME) doubled down on her assertion that the woman who accused him of sexual assault was mistaken.

"Judge Kavanaugh's distinguished judicial career has been built upon his constitutionalist approach to law, and we trust that this will serve all Americans well when Roe v. Wade inevitably comes before the Supreme Court for review", said Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life, referring to the court's landmark 1973 abortion rights ruling. Justice Kavanaugh's two daughters, Liza and Margaret, and his parents attended the ceremony. "It showed no corroboration -- no nothing".

The nomination laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America, ahead of the midterm Congressional elections set for November 6. During the debate, Schumer said that anyone angry at the handling of the case can respond "at the ballot box" and help flip control of Congress to Democrats.

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At a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mimicked Ford's responses during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. They chanted, "Vote them out!"

"She has every right to vote the way she would like".

She said she found no corroborating evidence for Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of sexual assault.

EDITOR'S NOTE - Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007. Corey Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Feinstein.

He again called Sen. But they also could defer action to allow Kavanaugh to weigh in.

"I used to think he was a pretty fearless guy".

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

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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.

"I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing". Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with her party that day to vote against advancing Kavanaugh's confirmation, and took aim at parts of Kavanaugh's testimony she said displayed inappropriate partisan interest and a short temper.

After roughly an hour, Trump grew looser, riffing on the North Korea talks, the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, Kanye West and the National Football League.

Likewise, Kavanaugh's confirmation drew praise from President Donald Trump and his confidants.

Several others came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of lewd acts.

"Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good", he wrote. "As far as Susan Rice is concerned, her family has a house in ME, but she doesn't live in ME and everybody knows that".

With the Kavanaugh dispute likely to become a major election issue next month, Trump also said many women voters are "extremely happy" with the confirmation because they are concerned men may be falsely accused.

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