The U.S. Senate voted Saturday to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court docket, following weeks of controversy over sexual assault accusations and assaults on his character and temperament.
Analysts mentioned Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, would give conservatives a 5-Four majority on the courtroom. The lifetime appointment means the 53-year outdated Kavanaugh’s might serve on the very best courtroom for many years.
Kavanaugh replaces retired Supreme Court docket Justice Anthony Kennedy. The nine-member courtroom is at present working with solely eight justices.
Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by a lady who mentioned he assaulted her at a house in suburban Washington after they had been youngsters within the 1980s. He denied the accusation made by professor Christine Blasey Ford, who testified earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee greater than every week in the past.
The Senate narrowly voted Friday to restrict debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination, advancing it to Saturday’s remaining affirmation vote. Senators have been confronted by protesters who oppose the Kavanaugh nomination, and police on the U.S. Capitol have arrested tons of of demonstrators.
Shortly earlier than the vote, Trump tweeted that Kavanaugh can be an excellent Supreme Court docket justice.