Trump anticipates Senate win for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Trump anticipates Senate win for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, could attend his daughter's wedding and did not have to attend the vote.

Toomey dismissed the idea that the move by Senate Republicans not to consider President Obama's 2016 Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, played into the current contentious nomination process.

The vote closes out a bitter struggle over Kavanaugh's nomination, inflamed by accusations that he sexually assaulted women in the 1980s.

Leahy, who pressed Kavanaugh on his role in Bush-era scandals during the confirmation hearings and has repeatedly questioned the judge's truthfulness under oath, said in his remarks on the floor that confirming Kavanaugh was a "disservice to survivors" of sexual assault everywhere.

When Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!"

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Mira Sorvino, one of the actresses to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment - which he denies, expressed her fears Mr Kavanaugh will help protect the president from any potential legal action. Only one copy was made available to the 100 senators.

Democrats criticized the report as incomplete and called for some of the documents to be released with redactions. Kavanaugh is replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate who was often a swing vote on the court.

Kavanaugh, 53, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Kavanaugh served as associate White House counsel from 2001-03 and served as White House staff secretary from 2003-06.

Republicans countered that the more than 400,000 pages of documents they provided were more than sufficient. Activists on both ends of the political spectrum mobilized to support and oppose Kavanaugh through outreach to voters and protests that continued outside the Capitol leading up to the final vote.

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"Our country needs to have a reckoning on these issues, and there is only one remedy".

Republicans hold only a 51-49 Senate majority and therefore had little support to spare.

"We were not intimidated by the mob", McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference following the vote.

While she was among a handful of Republicans who helped sink Trump's quest to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law a year ago, this time she proved instrumental in delivering a triumph to Trump.

"These things blow over", he said.

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