Judge Brett Kavanaugh (File Photo)
Judge Brett Kavanaugh (File Photo)

Kavanaugh sworn-in as SC Justice

ANI | Updated: Oct 07, 2018 05:42 IST

Washington D. C. [USA], Oct 07 (ANI): Judge Brett Kavanaugh was on Saturday was sworn-in as an associate justice in the Supreme Court of the United States, shortly after the Senate confirmed his nomination.
The Supreme Court had earlier confirmed that Kavanaugh would be sworn-in on the same day as the final vote on his nomination, Sputnik reported citing local media.
The final vote count was registered at 50-48 for Kavanaugh, coming as a major victory for President Donald Trump a month before the midterm elections.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Trump hailed the Senate's decision to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination, saying, "I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!"
The President also stated after the confirmation that he was "100 per cent" sure that Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982, had mixed up the assaulters and was accusing the wrong person.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the prolonged quarrelling over the confirmation had "fired up" the Republican voter base ahead of the impending midterm elections.
"It certainly had a good impact for us. Our base is fired up. We finally discovered the one thing that would fire up the Republican base and we didn't think of it - the other side did," said McConnell.
He also said that the tussle with the Democrats was "about treating someone fairly."
"We stood up for the presumption of innocence, we refused to be intimidated by the mob of people coming after Republican members at their homes and halls," McConnell said while addressing a presser.
The 50-48 vote count in the nomination was the closest one since Stanley Matthews was confirmed in 1881 (24-23). (ANI)