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Kavanaugh wins confirmation to court

SENATE wing of the U.S Capitol building (Wikipedia).

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the post of associate justice on the Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate on Saturday.

Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second appointment to the high court, was approved on a 50-48 vote. One Democrat voted in his favor. One Republican voted “present” and another was absent to attend his daughter’s wedding.

The final vote came after the Senate Judiciary Committee, split along party lines, voted 11-10 to recommend him to the full Senate.

Kavanaugh, 53, was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He had been appointed by George Bush. His nomination to the Supreme Court became controversial after a former high school classmate, Christine Blasey Ford, claimed he had sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s. Two other women also came forth and accused him of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh denied being involved.

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