After a long battle, Kavanaugh was sworn in.
Brett Kavanaugh now sits on the Supreme Court. After the Senate voted to award Kavanaugh a lifetime seat, he was sworn in during a private ceremony by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he will replace, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Supreme Court is now more conservative than it has been in generations, marking an enormous win for the Trump Administration. Progressive issues such as birth control and gay rights will now be subject to a Supreme Court that heavily leans right.
"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution," President Donald Trump stated after the vote. Kavanaugh's confirmation was drenched in controversy, with sexual assault allegations causing the vote to be postponed. Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when they were teens. Her testimony on Capitol Hill last week increased the criticism coming from the left, with liberals calling for an FBI investigation. They got what they asked for, although it was a very limited investigation that was more procedural than efficient. The final vote was 50-48, falling almost entirely along party lines. Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat who voted in favor of Kavanaugh.