Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday approved Brett Kavanaugh Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court Pres. Trump Hosts Ceremonial Swearing-in For Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2018, 23:09

McConnell on Monday argued that if control of the White House and the Senate had been reversed in 2016, Democrats wouldn't have filled a vacancy either.

Trump, who was in the state boosting Republican candidates ahead of the November 6 midterm elections, claimed that Feinstein, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had leaked a letter written by California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleging Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

At Monday night's ceremony, Trump declared, "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".

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. He has already hired four women to serve as his Supreme Court clerks, something that he noted Monday evening was a first, and has studied the legal briefs for the cases on deck. She later went public after reporters started trying to contact her. Kavanaugh staunchly denied Ford's accusation.

Alaska Sen. Murkowski was the only Republican who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to a full roll call, and she voted "present" on the final tally.

Ultimately, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48. The President's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonising political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

The responses were good news for Democrats: 54 percent they were more likely to vote blue, while 41 percent said they would vote Republican.

"The Supreme Court is an institution of law". "No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge". "He's a judge's judge, and he's going to fit right in with the way the Supreme Court traditionally operates".

In August, a CNN/SSRS poll found that Brett Kavanaugh was the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee in modern American history, with 40 percent of Americans opposing his nomination, and only 37 percent supporting it. Kavanaugh was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters.

"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process", the president said in his remarks at the swearing in. Only Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer participated in White House events after they had been sworn in and begun work as justices, according to the court's records on the current crop of justices.

As Justice Kavanaugh settles into his lifetime seat on the bench of the nation's highest court, the left remains angry.

McConnell disagreed with President Donald Trump's prediction that she will "never recover" from her vote, demonstrating once again that as the leader of a supposed conservative Republican party, he is out of step with rank-and-file conservatives. They took their oaths at the court in ceremonies that were televised live.

"The Democrats are even talking about doing really bad things now to Justice Kavanaugh", Trump said.