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Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed As US Supreme Court Judge, Despite Sexual Assault Allegations

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| October 7 , 2018 , 15:08 IST

Despite being accused of sexual assault by 3 women, US Judge Brett Kavanaugh was on Saturday evening officially sworn in as the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts after the 53-year-old Kavanaugh narrowly won a Senate vote 50-48.

In the past few weeks, a total of 3 women have alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted. Under political pressure, US President Donald Trump, who had nominated Kavanaugh for the SC post, ordered a last-minute FBI supplemental inquiry into the charges against Kavanaugh.

The FBI submitted its report to the Senate committee after which the Senate Judiciary Committee said that the new investigation found nothing to corroborate the charges of sexual assault lodged against him, clearing the way for Kavanaugh's eligibility for the Supreme Court.

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As Justice Kavanaugh narrowly won the post by a Senate vote of 58-40, President Trump applauded the US Senate for selecting Kavanaugh.

"I applaud and congratulate the US Senate for confirming our great nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court," Trump said.

"I think he's going to make us all very proud. I also feel very strongly that, in the end, the process, it was really unattractive, but the extra week was something that I think was really good," he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the vote of the Senate, and said, "A vote confirm Judge Kavanaugh today is also a vote to send a clear message about what the Senate is. This is an institution where the evidence and the facts matter... This is a chamber in which the politics of intimidation and personal destruction do not win the day."

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer termed it as one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate.

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"From start to finish, President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court has been one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate," he said.

"When the history of the Senate is written, this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid. Truly, Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is a low moment for the Senate, for the Court, for the country," Schumer said.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi called the confirmation of Kavanaugh as "a profoundly heart-breaking day" for women, girls and families across America.

"Courageous women risked their safety and well-being to speak truth about this nomination. Tens of thousands more joined them to share their own harrowing stories of sexual assault, at great personal risk," Pelosi said.

"Yet, Senate Republicans chose to send a clear message to all women: do not speak out, and if you do – do not expect to be heard, believed or respected," she said.