Brett Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday night soon after the bitterly polarised Senate confirmed him by two votes.
His confirmation tilts the bench decisively to the Right, handing Donald Trump a major political victory after a battle that exposed America’s cultural, gender and political divides.
He was sworn in during a private ceremony at the court building, even as protesters tried to storm its doors.
Earlier the US senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm his nomination, ending one of the most bitter confirmation processes in recent US history after Mr Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual misconduct by three women, which he categorically denied. Two senators, one on each side of the debate, agreed to sit out the vote because of a schedule clash.
There is now a majority of conservative judges on the Supreme Court – something Republicans have sought for decades. Mr Kavanaugh, 53, will be appointed for life.
It could have a profound impact on US society for decades, potentially influencing where the court comes down on issues such as gay rights and abortion.
Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine and a single Democrat – Joe Manchin of West Virginia – voted yes in the end after weeks of wavering.
One Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, had announced she would vote no. But she was one of the two senators who did not cast a vote for either side, helping out a colleague who needed to attend his daughter’s wedding.
Female protesters outside of the Supreme Court were seen crying and hugging each other in consolation as news of the final result filtered out. However Republicans were jubilant.’
via The Telegraph