Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump hosts Kavanaugh for ceremonial swearing

Kavanaugh shown here testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee has become the latest US Supreme Court justice Kavanaugh shown here testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee has become the latest US Supreme Court justice
Charlie Simmons | 09 October, 2018, 04:55

"I thank God every day for Ashley in my family", Kavanaugh said.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.

"Although the Senate confirmation process tested me as it has tested others, it did not change me", he said.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", he said. "Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate". Congressional leaders are betting that they can channel the anger unleashed by this process, particularly among women outraged by President Trump's mockery of the testimony of the female academic who accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, into support in next month's mid-term elections, enabling the party to regain control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. "Untruthful testimony, under oath and on the record", Senator Pat Leahy said in a tweet.

If there had been higher Democratic turnout in the 2010 and 2014 midterms, Kavanaugh could not have made it to the Supreme Court.

It was the end of a deeply contentious nomination process that sparked mass protests, an FBI investigation and a national reckoning over power, gender, sexual assault and the line between violence and adolescent transgression.

During this historic Supreme Court justice swearing in-cum-Dem-smackdown, Trump said "In our country a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty" adding, "And with that, I must state that you sir, under historic, scrutiny were proven innocent".

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"It was all made up", Trump said.

The entire room of Trump supporters and staff applauded the entire Kavanaugh family.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress in November - angrily predicted that the Mr Kavanaugh row would backfire on Democrats. "The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".

"I think it will be something very, very special", Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn.

Two years ago, McConnell blocked a vote on Garland, citing what he said was a tradition of not filling vacancies in a presidential election year.

The televised event was held in the East Room.

Addressing the convention of International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando Monday afternoon, Trump again painted Kavanaugh as a victim. "I said, "Brett, congratulations, this is going to be a piece of cake getting you confirmed".

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