Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

A Quick Look At Brett Kavanaugh, The New Supreme Court Justice

A Quick Look At Brett Kavanaugh, The New Supreme Court Justice

He said the "tactics" of the opposition "were very helpful, to me, in unifying our side".

Collins' assertion that Kavanaugh is "more of a centrist than his critics maintain" is laughable in light of the strong support he has enjoyed from far-right theocrats like the Rev. Franklin Graham, the Rev. "The fact that they were willing to use Dr. Ford's story that was uncorroborated to launch character assassinations on Judge Kavanaugh did not sit well with voters".

"I thought it was one of the most disgraceful performances I've ever seen", Trump said Monday of the Democrats' fight against Kavanaugh.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the high court in Washington ahead of his confirmation.

With many wearing red paint across their mouths to symbolize what organizers said are "rights and voices being silenced", participants said they worry Kavanaugh will vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kavanagh adamantly denied the allegations.

Vox: "Susan Collins says she doesn't think Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant" - "Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, some Republicans seem to feel freer saying what they really think about the sexual assault allegations against him brought by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford: They don't believe them".

Banks also said Ford was "horrified" after President Donald Trump mocked her at a campaign rally.

Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, where she said that during a high-school party in the 1980s, Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to take off her clothes, and pressed his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.

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"We'll see whether there's a vacancy in 2020", McConnell said. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

Midterm elections usually go badly for a sitting USA president's party but here too, Trump is a wildcard and the first signs are polls showing Republican strength in the Senate forecasts. If confirmed, I'll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks.

"Putting strict constructionists, relatively young, on the courts for lifetime appointments is the best way to have a long-term positive impact on America", McConnell said, "And today is a seminal moment in that effort".

"It's turned our base on fire", declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

So how did he celebrate once it became clear Friday the nominee had the votes for confirmation?

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with several seats up for grabs in November.

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.

Cory Booker of New Jersey, who sits on the senate's judiciary committee, was asked Sunday in Iowa by Yahoo News about the prospects of a Kavanaugh impeachment.

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