WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice in private ceremony at court, just after the United States Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him.
Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in nearly a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.
President Donald Trump’s pick as the ninth member of the nation’s highest court was approved Saturday afternoon after a lengthy and controversial confirmation process which was marred multiple allegations of sexual assault by women during the 53-year-old’s high school and college years.
Saturday afternoon’s vote was paused on several occasions by Vice President Mike Pence, as protesters on Capitol Hill continued to shout down the yes votes by Republican senators.
Following the vote, Trump quickly took to Twitter to congratulate his second Supreme Court pick in two years.
In New York’s Union Square, around 200 protestors made their voices heard in opposition to Kavanaugh’s appointment to the high court, reports CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.
“The Senate has done a great disservice to the county today,” said Stephanie LaTour of Brooklyn.
“I see this Supreme Court pick as a threat to women across America, to immigrant communities, to LBGT people,” said Isaiah Dupre.
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