Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as a new justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Justice Kavanaugh replaces former Justice Anthony Kennedy, a jurist who was considered a 'swing-vote' when it came to controversial topics before the Court. Kavanaugh's replacing of Kennedy will likely make the Court more conservative.
Despite numerous allegations of misconduct, including allegations of perjury, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate, even attracting a Democratic vote from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
> A deeply divided Senate voted on Saturday to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, delivering a victory to President Trump and ending a rancorous Washington battle that began as a debate over ideology and jurisprudence and concluded with questions of sexual misconduct. The vote, almost entirely along party lines, was 50 to 48, with Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — the lone Republican to break with her party — voting “present” instead of “no” to accommodate a colleague who could not attend and would have voted “yes.” Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was the lone Democrat to support Judge Kavanaugh.
With Kavanaugh confirmed, the Supreme Court will likely take a rightward shift.
> Once confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh will shift the ideological balance of the court to the right, giving it a solid conservative majority. He will replace the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a moderate conservative who was its longtime swing vote, and at 53 he is young enough to serve for decades, shaping American jurisprudence for a generation, if not more.