Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Susan Collins says she thinks Kavanaugh’s accuser was ‘mistaken’

Susan Collins says she thinks Kavanaugh’s accuser was ‘mistaken’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that "nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight".

But they added that it would take more than hiring female clerks to undo the damage left by Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol.

Ford alleged that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were at a party in high school, and other accusers soon came forward.

Trump has repeatedly sided with men accused of sexual misconduct and has warned of the dangers false accusations pose to men - even though research has shown false accusations to be extremely rare.

The ranking member of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler of NY, has said his party would investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh if the Democrats reclaim the majority in the chamber.

Ford testified before Collins and others on the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker.

Protesters rallied in Washington and other United States cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old judge, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticised for his angry partisan rhetoric. They chanted, "Vote them out!"

An S.C. state senator is shairng her own story of surviving sexual assault after controversial Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court.

But independent court analysts say Kavanaugh is likely to lean toward more conservative rulings.

Centrist Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski refused to cast a "yes" vote, but called out "present" instead of "no" so fellow Republican Steve Daines of Montana could skip the roll call and walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.

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US first lady Melania Trump stands in front of the Sphinx as she visits the Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt , October 6, 2018. Trump flew to Cairo from Nairobi earlier on Saturday on the last stage of her visit to Africa.

Democratic senators, who worked to block Kavanaugh, insisted the caustic battle would motivate their party faithful at the polls next month.

Kavanaugh replaces Justice Kennedy, who was nominated to the Court by President Reagan in 1987, but had been the key swing vote on the Court ever since - and conservatives are counting on Kavanaugh tipping the balance of power in a decisive, long-term way, particularly when it comes to signature issues for the American right like the fight against abortion.

"Kavanaugh's confirmation will leave a lot of outraged and energized women in its wake", said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.

Kavanaugh took the oath in a more hurried procedure Saturday, but the White House version will be a chance for the Trump administration to celebrate publicly.

Senator Susan Collins of ME, a Republican who wavered before voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, told "60 Minutes" that she thinks Christine Blasey Ford was "mistaken" about the identity of Kavanaugh as the person who sexually assaulted her.

The embattled Kavanaugh was poised to win Senate confirmation later on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament. Clearly, the White House was clever in having the Federal Bureau of Investigation focus on the allegations of sexual misconduct 36 years ago that could never be fully proven or disproven.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat often discussed as a possible 2020 presidential hopeful, said it will be "tough" to return to work Tuesday and face her colleagues who pushed through Kavanaugh's nomination.

'This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh.

"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution", Trump told the rally.

"We're very honoured that he was able to withstand this awful, disgusting attack by the Democrats".

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