McConnell: Kavanaugh deserved an up-or-down vote

US Senate plans procedural vote on Kavanaugh in bitter confirmation fight

Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

"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".

'We didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him, ' he said on 'Fox News Sunday.' 'We didn't go on a search and destroy mission, we simply follow the tradition in America which is if you have a party of a different Senate come of a different party then the president, then you don't fill a vacancy created in the presidential year'.

McConnell also said Saturday's confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is his proudest moment as a senator.

What seems to have gotten lost in this hyper-partisan atmosphere is that Democrats knew that the election of a Republican president meant the nomination of conservatives for judges and justices. That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both lawmakers voted. "It treated serious allegations as a nuisance to be sidestepped rather than a call to investigate seriously".

Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in late July after 30 years on the court, spending many of those years as a pivotal vote on hot-button issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and affirmative action.

Kavanaugh had been accused by three women of sexual misconduct while he was in high school and college more than 30 years ago - charges he angrily denied.

Senators have been confronted by protesters who oppose the Kavanaugh nomination and police at the U.S. Capitol have arrested hundreds of demonstrators.

As the senators voted, protesters in the Senate gallery screamed, "I do not consent", and, "shame", forcing Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the chamber, to repeatedly call for order.

While his accuser, Ford, a research psychologist at a California university, had written to her Congressional Representative with her allegations against Kavanaugh in July, it was publicised by the Democrats only in September after the Senate Judiciary Committee had grilled him and was about to vote on recommending his nomination to the entire Senate.

In a separate appearance on CBS News's "Face the Nation", the majority leader predicted that the anti-Kavanaugh protests will backfire by energizing the Republican base in the November 6 mid-term elections, in which the GOP is looking to hang on to its majorities in the House and Senate.

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He becomes the fourth South Korean former leader to be jailed, following his successor's imprisonment in April. Lee denied all the charges in the lead-up to the verdict, calling the testimony of DAS employees "a plot".

"The question that was the important question was 'was he a blackout drunk?' And he said that was not the case and the testimony that we had, in the interviews did not support that contention", she said.

In a twist, Murkowski voted "present" Saturday as a courtesy to Republican Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines, who was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in Montana.

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

"This wasn't going to get any better", McConnell said.

People protest on the steps of the Supreme Court after the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.

Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote against Kavanaugh.

But before reporters dug into that, she was asked about her husband calling African countries "shitholes", saying "I never heard him saying those comments".

Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.

"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line. All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

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