McConnell insists Senate will recover from Kavanaugh battle

Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

Wilson's congressman says he's "extremely disappointed" in the Senate's confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the United States' 114th Supreme Court justice.

Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.

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.

"He's just an extraordinary person. and I think he's going to make us all very proud", Trump added.

It all depends on who controls the Senate, McConnell said.

In the end, the Senate delivered on the country's divisions nearly as cleanly as possible, with only a single Democrat and a single Republican voting with colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records. Republicans emerged confident that the FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details.

Trump said Murkowski would be punished in her next primary by her Kavanaugh no vote but McConnell didn't go that far.

Time's Up, a movement to help victims of workplace sexual harassment created by women in Hollywood after allegations of misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and others, also posted a statement on Twitter following the decision.

President Trump said in an exclusive interview with Judge Jeanine Pirro that he was "shocked" to see Alaska Republican Sen.

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The 50-48 senate vote marked the end of a bitter, high-profile battle between Democrats and Republicans.

Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", he said.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening, in Washington, DC, after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nailbiting votes, and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed.

Harvard announced Kavanaugh would no longer teach a class on the Supreme Court - news Dershowitz likened to "McCarthyism" running rampant on the Cambridge campus. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted with the Republicans despite "reservations" about Kavanaugh's character and the accusations against him.

Kavanaugh has forcefully denied any inappropriate behavior with women.

"We're taking back Maine's Senate seat, and claiming it for someone who knows how to listen to her constituents", tweeted Mainers for Accountable Leadership, which organized protests at Collins' office. Kavanaugh joins Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed past year after a much less contentious process.

"As I watch numerous Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way".

Residents of a townhouse near the Washington home of Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican whose backing helped get Kavanaugh over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of the lawmaker's home state ME upside down in protest.

In stressing Kavanaugh's frequent agreement with Judge Merrick Garland on the federal appeals court in Washington, the new justice's backers seem to be suggesting that Kavanaugh's vote can not be taken for granted.

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