Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Former President George W. Bush Lobbied to Help Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation

Former President George W. Bush Lobbied to Help Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation

Meanwhile, it emerged that President Donald Trump flashed two thumbs up when the Senate confirmed Mr Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, wavered but also backed Kavanaugh.

"She is practical enough that she is going to put that behind her and have the best relationship she can with someone she is going to have to put up with for 30 years", said one Washington lawyer, who declined to be named because he argues cases at the court. He's declined to say that he wouldn't vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, instead calling it "settled law", and a year ago he ruled that a teenage immigrant in federal custody shouldn't be allowed to terminate her pregnancy.

On Saturday, the Senate fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court finally came to a close with a vote from the floor.

After the vote, the president called Kavanaugh to congratulate him, the White House said in a statement.

On the influential federal appeals court in D.C., Kavanaugh wrote opinions that sought to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, water down Obamacare's contraceptive mandate and impede an undocumented immigrant minor's efforts to obtain an abortion. "The Court must now prove - through its work - that it is worthy of the nation's trust".

A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a special sitting of the court at a later date.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this disgusting, terrible attack by the Democrats".

The Capitol was open from Friday into Saturday as senators took turns making lengthy floor speeches to justify their votes for and against the appointment. The session was presided over by Pence. As Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said prior to the vote, "the Senate used to be known as the greatest deliberative body", yet this does not seem to hold true anymore ... not after the three-ringed-circus of the Judiciary Committee hearings.

"Democrats have been trying to destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh since the very first second he was announced", Trump declared as he rallied voters in Minnesota on Thursday night. I think she's got a level of respect that's unbelievable.

Bush and his wife Laura, stood by Kavanaugh after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982.

Trump also said women, far from being outraged at Kavanaugh, "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh, outraged".

Later in the day, protesters burst through the barricades in front of the supreme court and went up the front of the US Capitol.

Protesters Pound on Doors of Supreme Court: ‘Kavanaugh Has Got to Go’
He led Trump's commission that investigated voter fraud - ultimately failing to uncover evidence to back the President's claims. Trump's promise during his 2016 campaign to put conservatives on the Supreme Court reinforced his support among Republicans.

"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", they said in a statement quoted in USA media. "Avenge her in November", he tweeted with artwork of Ford.

Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.

An AFP reporter saw more than 60 protesters handcuffed by US Capitol Police after officers issued a warning and led them down the Capitol steps as the demonstrators raised clenched fists.

As of about 4:30 ET, the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed a total of 164 arrests.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters that the political brawl over Kavanaugh will help Republicans at the elections.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. "The tactics have energized our base", he told the Washington Post.

"I hope we can say "no" to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", he said.

Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, confronting a tough re-election race next month in a state that Trump won in 2016 by a landslide, was the sole Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, for his part, in a fiery appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, vehemently denied the charges saying they were "last-minute smears, pure and simple".

Manchin used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.

"All witnesses said to have direct knowledge of the allegations as well as others who might have indirect information were interviewed". Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.

Ford's attorneys said their client has no regrets. "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".

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