Kavanaugh sworn in amid protests

The conservative judge was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a razor-thin margin in the Senate Conservative U.S. judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on 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. Mr. Kavanaugh was sworn in shortly after the Senate voted 50-48 in his favour — a move that cemented the high court’s shift to the right under the Republican leader, who has chosen two of the nine sitting Justices. Protesters rallied in Washington and other U.S. cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old judge, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticised for his angry partisan rhetoric. The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics, disrupting the status quo on Capitol Hill and firing up both Republicans and Opposition Democrats a month before crucial mid-term elections. The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 — and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.He hailed Mr. Kavanaugh as “a man of great character and intellect” and said he would work alongside his other Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, to protect the “sacred rights” of Americans. Democratic senators, who worked to block Mr. Kavanaugh, insisted the caustic battle would motivate their party faithful at the polls next month.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/kavanaugh-sworn-in-amid-protests/article25152253.ece

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