Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he never would have pulled the plug on Brett Kavanaugh over the allegations of sexual misconduct because the Supreme Court nominee deserved an up-or-down vote - even if it failed. GOP operatives say they're also seeing renewed Republican interest in states such as Wisconsin, where Democratic candidates for both Senate and governor have been polling strong. Ford said she was "100 per cent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker; Kavanaugh steadfastly denied her allegations.
"I have been hearing that, that now they're thinking of impeaching a brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax, that was set up by the Democrats", said the commander-in-chief, who had called Ford a "very fine woman" and "a very credible witness" on September 28. All but one Democrat opposed Kavanaugh.
"By the early spring at the latest you'll be seeing debates, and I think probably in the first quarter of 2019", David Axelrod, a top adviser to former President Barack Obama, said on his recent podcast.
Kavanaugh's nomination became a major battle when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford made accusations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school in Bethesda, Md.
Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen.
"Let's hope that cabinet appointment or whatever Trump promised him was worth the soul he sold to get it", she writes.
Still, Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, said he believed it would be premature for his party to talk about reinvestigating Kavanaugh or a possible impeachment if the party takes control of the chamber in November, stressing a need to help heal the country.
Trump will have an additional opportunity to celebrate the confirmation Monday evening when he and Kavanaugh participate in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House at 7:00 p.m. "We don't give up", he said. After just a short couple of months to catch our collective breath, it'll be time to start thinking about the 2020 presidential election. The leader said that while Democrats have been "anxious to send the president a message", the confirmation process provided the "kind of adrenaline shot we had not been able to figure out how achieve in any other way".
"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.
Kasich, a Republican who ran for president in 2016, also predicted a strong turnout for Democrats in the upcoming election, but added that their success would depend on how much they focus on controversial issues, such as abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police's annual convention in Orlando, Florida, Trump said that he saw Kavanaugh as a "flawless" nominee.
She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".