Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono said Sunday that her party should focus on the upcoming elections "like a laser beam " despite calls from some progressives to impeach newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.
Conservatives will now have a 5-4 majority in any future legal battles on contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, transgender rights, industry regulation, and presidential powers. Those allegations magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees. Police stood guard at the doors. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations.
He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the midterm elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.
At a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mimicked Ford's responses during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose backing for Kavanaugh helped get him over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of her home state ME upside down in protest.
But the report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation was met with mixed response, with survivors and Democrats saying it was "insufficient", but Mr Trump and Republicans calling it "thorough" and "professional". He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley offered up some words of praise for protesters ahead of the vote.
"Yeah, please move to SC", the senator fired back after the protester said she will vote him "out of office".
"In the public mind, there will always be this dark cloud hanging over the court, even if Kavanaugh is eventually embraced by all his colleagues on the court", said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
The 53-year-old conservative was sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.
During the Senate final voting on Saturday, hundreds of protesters were demonstrating on Capitol Hill, chanting "November is coming" and "We believe survivors".
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But the assistant referee spared the defence's blushes for disintegrating so badly with a tight offside call. The giant modern cauldron of the Baki Olimpiya Stadium created a deafening and enthusiastic atmosphere.
US Senate confirms Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court
With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade. While her vote spurred criticism, Collins was cheered by Republicans including current and former presidents.
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"We'll see what it looks like in 2020", McConnell said.
Two Republican waverers, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, have finally chose to back the judge.
Democrats furiously accused the GOP of short-circuiting efforts to examine Ford's allegations and of rushing the nomination through while ignoring the changed political dynamics surrounding complaints of misconduct against powerful men ushered in by the #MeToo movement.
Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) was cautious when asked about the prospect of Democrats moving to impeach Kavanaugh should they win the House majority.
McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the "mob" of opposition - confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes - united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Kavanaugh's confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party this fall. "It's been a seminal event leading into the fall election".
Senator Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.
President Donald Trump, on board Air Force One, gestures while watching a live television broadcast of the Senate confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Oct. 6, 2018.
There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as he voted yes.
Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn.
While Democrats' defeat was all but certain, the Senate remained in session overnight, though the chamber was mostly empty.