Sunday, 21 October, 2018


McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November

Protesters vent fury in Washington as Trump hails Kavanaugh Mr Kavanaugh accompanied by his family being sworn in by US Chief Justice John Roberts Jr in the Supreme Court
Bennie Garza | 09 October, 2018, 00:02

The controversy over the sexaual assault allegations against incoming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh constituted a "disgraceful situation, brought about by people that are evil", President Donald Trump stated Monday as he celebrated his party's success in confirming the judge during a speech to law enforcement officials in Florida.

After the dust had settled and Kavanaugh was confirmed, McConnell said it as plainly as he could: "There is nothing that unifies all stripes of Republicans more than a court fight".

"Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, an important swing vote on Kavanaugh who ultimately supported him, said in an appearance on CNN's State of the Union aired on Sunday that she found Ford's testimony to be 'heart-wrenching, painful, compelling.' adding, 'I believe that she believes what she testified to'".

The "hoax" remark is the furthest the president has gone in trying to discredit Ford and other accusers.

"It was fabricated. And it's a disgrace", Trump said.

"She said that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account".

Trump has been holding rallies across the country as he tries to boost Republican turnout in November's midterm elections that will determine which party will control the House and Senate during the second half of Trump's term.

Republicans say that anger on the right at the way Democrats treated Kavanaugh may have energized their voters as well. According to a new report from Planned Parenthood, 25 million US women of reproductive age "are poised to lose access to abortion immediately if Kavanaugh is the fifth vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade".

"We'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020", said Republican Sen.

Supreme Court/Fred Schilling via ReutersKavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice on Saturday. Kavanagh adamantly denied the allegations. "I think you're going to see a lot of things happening on November 6 that wouldn't have".

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".

He thanked the Republican senators for supporting Kavanaugh and not backing down amid the numerous accusations against him.

EDITOR'S NOTE - Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007.

"With Anita Hill, there was a full FBI investigation before there was ever a hearing", Lisa Banks, another of Ford's attorneys, told NBC, referring to the woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment after he was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1991.

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.

The group was working at the Supreme Court on Sunday to help prepare Kavanaugh for his debut on this Supreme Court bench this week.

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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