WASHINGTON- Overcoming unprecedented opposition mounted by Democrats and a series of accusations of sexual assault, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed by the Senate on the nine-member bench of the Supreme Court.
Coming ahead of the crucial November 6 mid-term elections, the confirmation of Kavanaugh as Supreme Court judge, albeit with a short majority, gives a major moral and political victory to President Donald Trump and his ruling Republican party.
"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our great nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court," President Donald Trump said in a tweet after Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate 50-48 votes, mostly on party partisan lines.
"Later Saturday, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting!" he said, as he was joined by the White House in applauding the Senate for confirmation of Kavanaugh.
"The White House applauds the Senate for confirming President Trump's nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Later today, the President will sign his commission of appointment and he will be officially sworn in," Raj Shah, White House Spokesman said.
Talking to reporters at the White House, Trump called Kavanaugh "an extraordinary person" and "a great talent".
"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. This is his second confirmed nomination for the US Supreme Court.
"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," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer described it as the saddest moment. "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.
"Courageous women risked their safety and well-being to speak the truth about this nomination. Tens of thousands more joined them to share their own harrowing stories of sexual assault, at great personal risk."
"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.
"Justice Kavanaugh will make an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court," McDaniel said.