The United States Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday; ending weeks of speculation surrounding the Justice’s political future after 11th hour allegations threatened to derail his nomination.
BREAKING: Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as an associate justice this evening, the Supreme Court announces, “so that he can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately.” pic.twitter.com/lOAhfBK2Em
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 6, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence took the Senate presiding officer’s chair for the vote, which proceeded as shouting protesters were removed from the visitors’ gallery.
Today is a historic day for our country as a majority in the U.S. Senate voted to send a new voice to the Supreme Court who will uphold the timeless vision of America’s founders — Judge Brett Kavanaugh. My full statement below: pic.twitter.com/OYlkQEMOCR
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) October 6, 2018
Kavanaugh’s fierce confirmation battle came to an end Friday when GOP Sen. Susan Collins voted to advance the judge’s nomination; calling the overt political “smear campaign” orchestrated to delay the process a “national disgrace.” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin confirmed his “yes” vote just moments later.
“He’s going to be a great, great Supreme Court justice,” Trump said earlier Saturday while leaving the White House for a campaign rally in Topeka, Kansas.