Washington, Oct 7: After weeks of acrimonious debate, the US Senate has voted to confirm judge Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, handing Donald Trump a major victory.
The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48. Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault.
But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, enough wavering senators decided to back the nomination. During the vote, the protesters shouted "shame" from the public gallery and Vice-President Mike Pence had to call for order to be restored, reported BBC.
Kavanaugh's appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on US law.
Trump sent out a tweet of congratulations which read as "I applaud and congratulate the US Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in. Very exciting !". UNI