Kagan, Sotomayor: Viewing the Supreme Court as politically divided hurts its legitimacy

Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as US Supreme Court justice on Saturday, the court said, after a deeply divided US Senate confirmed him to the court and Republicans dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct against the conservative judge.

In final remarks just before the voting, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said a vote for Kavanaugh was "a vote to end this brief, dark chapter in the Senate's history and turn the page toward a brighter tomorrow".

And Trump told Kansas rallygoers that he will hold a ceremonial swearing-in for Kavanaugh at the White House Monday evening.

But the saga - fueled by ugly accusations and counter-claims aired at nationally televised hearings, followed by an 11th-hour Federal Bureau of Investigation probe to address the assault allegations - has inflamed political passions.

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But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has inflamed political passions.

Trump also spoke with Vice President Pence, Sen.

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 president, who has chosen two of the nine sitting justices.

Ford testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had drunkenly attacked her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.

"A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature", said Michael R. Bromwich.

On Saturday night, Trump portrayed his successful confirmation vote on Kavanaugh as a reason voters should elect Republicans in next month's nationwide congressional elections, when the political control of Congress is at stake.

"You have to go back to 1880 to find last time a Senate controlled by a different party from the president confirmed a Supreme Court justice to a vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election", McConnell said.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said: "Republicans knew he was very flawed, but once he was nominated, it became a steam roller".

Neither discussed the Brett Kavanaugh nomination nor the events surrounding it, but did stress the danger of a Supreme Court being viewed through a political lens, The Daily Princetonian reports. McConnell called Kavanaugh "among the very best our nation has to offer." Sen.

The sexual abuse allegations against Kavanaugh did not derail his confirmation.

With both parties focussing on the confirmation battle, it is unclear who will capitalise on it most effectively in the elections.

"This ended up being a pretty happy ending for us", he said.

A Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin, who represents West Virginia, a heavily pro-Trump state, voted for Kavanaugh.

"As I watch numerous Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court". I don't know by whom.

"Is it more likely than not that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Ford?", Collins later added.

The Senate narrowly voted Friday to limit debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, advancing it to Saturday's final confirmation vote. "What she was trying to do was what she thought was the right thing to do as a citizen, which is to provide the information to the U.S. Senate so they could make the most informed decision possible".

"You can't be a professional woman, even today, whether it's in law, in medicine, in any field, without having a moment where someone is going to treat you differently because you're a woman", said Sotomayor, CBS News reported.

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