Brett Kavanaugh is finally a Supreme Court justice.
After months of contentious battles on Capitol Hill, which included numerous last-minute and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct, the U.S. senate approved Kavnauagh’s nomination in a narrow vote Saturday that fell down party lines.
What are the details?
At approximately 3:45 p.m., amid outcries from protesters in the Senate gallery, Vice President Mike Pence ordered the Senate clerk to begin calling the roll for the vote.
Ten minutes later, at approximately 3:55 p.m., all the votes were tallied. A majority 50 senators voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 48 voted against. Sen. Steve Danies (R-Mont.) missed the vote to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding while Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) withdrew her vote. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.
Then at 4:01 p.m., Pence officially confirmed Kavanaugh as an associate justice to the Supreme Court.
Shortly after the vote, President Donald Trump applauded the Senate for confirming his “GREAT NOMINEE.”
I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) thanked Democratic tactics for pushing Kavanaugh across the finish line.
“It’s been a great political gift for us. The tactics have energized our base,” he told the Washington Post. “I want to thank the mob, because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base.”
The Supreme Court’s office of public information said Kavanaugh will be sworn in Saturday “so that he can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately.” Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath, while retired Justice Kennedy will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony.
The significance of Kavanaugh’s confirmation likely will not be felt for many years. Kavanaugh replaces Kennedy, who was widely known as the court’s “swing vote.” With the confirmation, the court secured a rightward shift, one that will have ramifications for decades.