Iowa law professors voice opposition to Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation

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Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed to the US Supreme Court on Saturday by a 50-48 vote in the Senate, brings impressive credentials to the nation's high court.

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME and Democratic Sen. The Senate proceeded with the vote, but Pence repeatedly called for order to be restored in the gallery.

Kavanaugh's nomination became an intense personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.

Bob Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, said that "allegations of sexual assault must absolutely be taken seriously and victims deserve to be treated with respect" and that any nominations he makes to the state's courts will be people "who are highly qualified and have demonstrated outstanding moral character".

It was little surprise Donald Trump was among the first to cheer when senators made a decision to press ahead with a confirmation vote for Brett Kavanaugh.

For now, many men apparently agree with Trump's warning that the surge in women speaking out against sexual violence in the #MeToo era has created "a very scary time" for men in America.

Shortly after the vote, President Donald Trump applauded the Senate for confirming his "GREAT NOMINEE".

His confirmation will allow Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the elections saying that he has kept his 2016 promise to mold a more conservative American judiciary.

"We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh", the letter read.

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In the procedural vote Friday that handed Republicans their crucial initial victory, senators voted 51-49 to limit debate, defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

Weeks of negotiations, accusations, emotional speeches, high drama and partisan anger that divided the country into identity camps ended today with Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation as an Associate Justice to the US Supreme Court.

As calculating eyes turn to the elderly and ever-more fragile Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, people on both sides of the aisle will be asking themselves if the United States is on the cusp of a conservative shift not seen since President Reagan elevated Justice Rehnquist to Chief Justice.

"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word".

The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a weeklong delay of the Senate vote.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh". Daines was willing to take a private jet immediately back to Washington if necessary to cast the deciding vote, but Murkowski - the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh - agreed to vote "Present" instead of "No" on the final vote, to neutralize the effect of Daines' absence and keep the two-vote margin for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade.

Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories.

A smaller group of Kavanaugh supporters also gathered. Steve Daines, who is in Montana to attend his daughter's wedding and would have voted "yea" on Kavanaugh.

They also challenged the veracity of some of his Judiciary Committee testimony.

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