WASHINGTON D.C. (WCBD)- After a bruising confirmation process, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed by the United State Senate as the next Justice on the Supreme Court.
Senators voted 50-48 to confirm, with two abstentions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT). Both Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) voted in favor of confirmation.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation was thrown into doubt when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of sexual assault back in high school. Both parties testified about the experience in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bruising battle often turned political, as lawmakers and protestors on both sides called politics and saying the prolonged process hurt both Kavanaugh and Ford. After Ford came forward, several other women made claims against Kavanaugh.
Judge Kavanaugh will be sworn in later this evening. He will replace the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy earlier this year.
Kavanaugh is President Trump’s second judge appointed to the Supreme Court. His first was Neil Gorsuch, taking the place of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.