Just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him to the nation’s highest court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn-in as the 114th Supreme Court justice late Saturday, according to published reports.
What are the details?
Chief Justice John Roberts performed the private ceremony, and Justice Kavanaugh is now ready to hear cases before the court on Tuesday.
The Senate’s 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh earlier Saturday followed a week-long FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations against him. The allegations, which dated back to Kavanaugh’s high school years, nearly prevented his nomination. He also faced a contentious and emotional hearing process before a Senate committee. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and the FBI found no supporting evidence.
An estimated 1,000 protesters showed up outside the Capitol steps and chanted “November is coming,” according to Fox News.
Saturday’s vote was the closest successful Supreme Court confirmation in more than 100 years, according to Fox News. It was also closer than the vote for Clarence Thomas, who also had faced sexual misconduct accusations.
The vote followed party lines, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) casting the only Democrat “yes” vote, according to reports. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted against Kavanaugh’s appointment.
What are people saying?
Following the vote, Democrats urged supporters to take to the polls in the November midterm election.
“The American people are raising their voices to a deafening roar today. We will not stop marching, we will not stop fighting, and we will vote on Election Day for leaders who share our values,” Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said in a statement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Saturday’s events a “heartbreaking day for women, girls and families across America.” Pelosi also announced she is filing a Freedom of Information Act request to review documents surrounding the FBI’s investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
Despite the comments and protests, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell (R-Ky.) called it a “a good day for America and an important day for the Senate.”
“We stood up for the presumption of innocence, we refused to be intimidated by the mob of people coming after Republican members at their homes and hallways,” he said.
Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in July. Kennedy was known as “the swing justice,” although he leaned to the conservative side.
President Donald Trump congratulated Kavanaugh on Twitter: