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

Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh

Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh

President Trump on Monday ripped Democrats for talk of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over allegations he committed perjury during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"A man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers and now they want to impeach him".

But Republican operatives say internal polling now shows Kavanaugh's acrimonious confirmation has given the party a much-needed boost, with GOP voters viewing Democrats as overzealous partisans following the public testimony by Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of trying to rape her while they were both in high school.

Kavanaugh's nomination boosted an already overheated role for Democratic female voters, particularly decadesold sexual assault allegations that fit into the #MeToo movement and the judge's conservative legal approach that legal experts expect to chip away at access to abortion.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", the president said.

The Kavanaugh nomination fight has left many Americans feeling emotionally beaten up and also raised the stakes for the coming November 6 election which decides control of US Congress - the nation's legislative branch.

The FBI submitted the confidential report to the Senate committee Thursday and soon Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the new FBI investigation into Kavanaugh found nothing to corroborate sexual assault allegations against him. It capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago. We look forward to Justice Kavanaugh's tenure on the bench and the impact his dedicated public service will have towards creating a country where every human life is valued and protected equally under the law.

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"There was no corroboration on Brett Kavanaugh's bold assertion that he didn't do it", Hirono said. "He's a flawless person".

The president also thanked Senate Majority Mitch McConnell for his efforts, urging him to stand to be recognized. The best student, the best scholar, the great intellect, incredible record over many years, and yet he's a young man. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said she would be a no vote, voting present to make up for her Republican colleague Sen.

Trump said that what followed was "a disgraceful situation brought about by people that are evil, and he toughed it out".

The televised event took place just one month before the United States holds mid-term elections.

"I've always been told it's the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said Monday upon returning from the brief Florida trip.

He was sworn in hours after the vote on Saturday, but his official swearing-in ceremony as the 114th Supreme Court justice is scheduled for Monday evening.

Speaking at a news conference in Louisville, McConnell said his decision to block Obama's nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, was based on a tradition that opposition parties in control of the Senate do not confirm Supreme Court nominees during presidential election years.

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