Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Trump "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh accuser named wrong person


Two Democratic senators on Sunday said voters angry that Republicans confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual misconduct should focus on next month's congressional elections instead of seeking to impeach the new justice.

The Senate vote was 50-48.Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined Republicans in backing Kavanaugh.

The outcome was known on Friday, when two key senators, Susan Collins of ME, a Republican, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, said they would vote for Kavanaugh. "I have my own voice and my opinions and it's very important to me that I express how I feel". "But we're trying to win seats".

McConnell said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press that Kavanaugh also wanted to see it through to the finish.

Trump told a raucous rally in Kansas late Saturday that the confirmation marked "a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

The Hawaii Democrat criticized Collins for her views in light of the Maine Republican's meetings with sexual assault survivors. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, in a q-and-a session at Princeton Friday evening, avoided any talk of the contentious U.S. Supreme Court nomination, but stressed that framing the court as politically divided can undermine the court's legitimacy.

With Vice President Mike Pence presiding in the long-shot case his tie-breaking vote was needed, the Senate on Saturday started voting on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation at 3:43 p.m.

These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce.

"It's energized our base going into the election in a way we had not been able to figure out how to do prior to this", McConnell said.

In a separate appearance on CBS News's "Face the Nation", the majority leader predicted that the anti-Kavanaugh protests will backfire by energizing the Republican base in the November 6 mid-term elections, in which the GOP is looking to hang on to its majorities in the House and Senate.

But even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saw the confirmation through a competitive lens, telling The Washington Post that the bruising confirmation battle had "been a great political gift for us".

Democratic senator Ben Cardin of Maryland noted that several key issues framing the November 6 election - women's reproductive rights, the Mueller investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and Republican attempts to roll back the Obamacare health program - could all come before a Supreme Court pitched to the right by Kavanaugh's presence.

Sen. Susan Collins said that while she believed Christine Blasey Ford was sexually assaulted, she does not believe that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant.

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable". Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

In stressing Kavanaugh's frequent agreement with Judge Merrick Garland on the federal appeals court in Washington, the new justice's backers seem to be suggesting that Kavanaugh's vote can not be taken for granted. I don't know. Where's the house? Kavanaugh is now Trump's second nominee to be seated on the high court, and the Senate has approved more circuit court judges this session of Congress than any other.

"One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock-bottom", said Sen. All these angry people know that these people sitting in the Senate are making these decisions.

"Is it more likely than not that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Ford?", Collins later added.

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