Kavanaugh sworn in _again _ at White House event

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2018

Hours prior to a ceremonial swearing-in of the newest U.S. Supreme Court justice, President Donald Trump accused opposition Democrats of already plotting to remove Brett Kavanaugh from the bench.

(An allegation, it should be said, that was disproven by reporters on the ground.) The following day, after the judge's confirmation, he spoke for American women, saying they were "outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh".

Two years after Barack Obama won the presidency, so many liberal-leaning voters failed to show up during the midterm elections that Republicans took control of the US House. "I had never been more [angry] in my life".

Looking ahead, McConnell said Democrats certainly "could" refuse to hold any nominations of any kind should they regain control of the Senate, but argued it wouldn't be "sustainable politically".

"The tactics that have been employed both by Judiciary Committee Democratic senators and by the virtual mob that's assaulted all of us in the course of this process, has turned our base on fire", said McConnell. "I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said. Though Democrats still maintain an advantage in competitive House races, the past two weeks appear to have shifted momentum in the fight for the Senate majority back to the GOP.

Protesters, majority women, flooded the U.S. Capitol on Saturday ahead of the Senate's confirmation vote.

The Senate vote approving Kavanaugh's nomination followed a bitter partisan fight that became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged.

Democrats are pointing to the Republicans' handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation as one more reason to oppose the president who nominated him and mocked Ford.

"Change must come where change in America always begins: the ballot box", the New York Democrat said.

Saturday's Senate vote was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

President Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House in Washington on Monday. If this sounds quite familiar by now, the Senate race is showing a sharp contrast - Trump's party has a 7 in 9 chance of taking the Senate and this late surge has gained on the Kavanaugh controversy. "I think the sense of urgency among Democrats, and the sense of possibility among potential candidates is such that you're going to see that".

After an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new, Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".

The President doubled down on how he feels it's wrong to consider impeaching his Supreme Court nominee - who was the "top scholar, top student, top intellect" - when he "did nothing wrong".

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.

'He's a great person, and it was very, very unfair what happened to him, ' Trump said.

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