President Donald Trump amped up his defense of Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, calling the sexual assault allegations that surfaced against the newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice "a hoax" and insisting that Kavanaugh "did nothing wrong".
During a campaign rally in MS, the president mocked Ford for not remembering key details of the alleged attack, including the date and location of the party she says she and Kavanaugh attended 36 years ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters after the confirmation of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
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Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks.
Meanwhile, Christine Blasey Ford - who said the judge sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982 when they were high school students - has been unable to move back home because of "unending" death threats, according to one of her lawyers. Kasich appeared on CNN's State of the Union and Coons was on NBC's Meet the Press.
One of Kavanaugh's most vocal supporters, Sen.
"All these angry people out there, they know that it is the people who are sitting in the Senate that they've elected who are making these decisions and they're going to go to the polls and they're going to vote differently", warned Sen.
Even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, some Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's truthfulness during his initial Senate confirmation hearing. But the Christian Right didn't push for Kavanaugh's confirmation so aggressively because they think he shares the more libertarian views that retired Justice Anthony Kennedy had on abortion rights; Kavanaugh was nominated because he is an "originalist" or "strict constructionist" and a hardcore social conservative. "I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing".
And before long, the court could be confronted with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
With one confirmation just ended, Senator McConnell also signalled he was willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise.
Trump swore in Kavanaugh Saturday as the nation's 114th member of the Supreme Court after a savage battle that splintered the Senate and riveted the country.
"He's going to be a great Supreme Court justice - watch", he said.
"The way they really tortured him and his family, I thought it was a disgrace", Trump said. "I think that after the dust settles on the night of [Nov.] 6th, I think that's where we start to evaluate". "A total coward." The Arizona Republican, who is retiring, voted for Kavanaugh. I don't even think he ever heard of the word.
A protestor and a pro-Kavanaugh supporter argue outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Gov. John Kasich of OH predicted "a good year" for Democrats in the November elections and said he wonders about "the soul of our country" in the long term after the tumultuous hearings.