The Senate on Saturday voted narrowly to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, ending a bitterly divisive fight over the controversial nominee.
- Kavanaugh was tapped in July to become Trump’s second pick for the nine-member high court in just two years.
- The vote follows a politically fraught confirmation process in which Republicans and Democrats grappled over Kavanaugh’s views on controversial legal rulings and the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents related to the nominee.
- Kavanaugh was also accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. He denied the allegations, and the Senate extended the confirmation process to allow for further consideration of his nomination.
The Senate voted on Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the newest member of the Supreme Court, voting largely along party lines to end an emotional weeks-long debate characterized by explosive allegations of sexual assault.
With one senator voting present, Kavanaugh officially ascended to the nation’s highest court as an Associate Justice, following an unusually partisan process that united Republicans, but divided the population in an era defined by the public’s reckoning with sexual assault.
Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge who investigated President Bill Clinton and worked for his successor, President George W. Bush, is President Donald Trump‘s second high court nominee in two years, following Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed in 2017.
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