>> The sergeant-at-arms will restore order.>> Amid cries of protest, a deeply torn Senate narrowly approves Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the US Supreme Court. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where the final gavel has fallen on a bitter month's long fight that will have repercussions for decades to come.
Kavanaugh sworn in as the Supreme Court's ninth justice, capping a big victory for President Trump and his Republicans energizing voters ahead of the November congressional elections. The showdown tapping into the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and raising serious questions about the increasingly toxic nature of American politics. Many wondering whether that will taint the Supreme Court in the years to come.
The Senate voting 50 to 48 to confirm Kavanaugh, largely along party lines, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding.>> Confirmed.>> Trump savoring the victory on Air Force One.>> He is an outstanding person. And I'm very honored to have chosen him.>> Senator Joe Manchin, the lone Democrat, voting yes with the Republicans.
Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski opposed Kavanaugh, but did not vote.>> Stop protecting rapists. Stop protecting rapists.>> Protesters thronged Capital Hill and the High Court, furious that Republicans were not swayed by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.>> This is what resistance looks like!>> Many inspired to share their own stories in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford, who faced death threats after accusing Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were in high school.
Kavanaugh angrily denied it and accused left wing groups of character assasination.>> You've given it your all. But your coordinated and well funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out.>> Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell calling the turmoil a dark chapter in the senate's history.
>> Today we can vote to turn away from the darkness. We can vote to set a precedent about fairness and judgement that will define this body for the better.>> Democrat Chuck Schumer saying people who opposed Kavanaugh should vote out Republicans in next months elections.>> Our country needs to have a reckoning on these issues.
Change must come from where change in America always begins, the ballot box.>> Kavanaugh joins the court just as its new term is underway, but one casualty of this confirmation battle may be the image of impartiality he tried so hard to project. It's safe to say that most Democrats and many legal scholars now view him as a political partisan rather than a legal theorist.
One big risk here is that the court's decisions may not be as widely accepted in the years to come.