Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout

Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout

United States president Donald Trump has apologised to new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the "terrible suffering" they were "forced" to endure, saying the "fair-minded" judge deserves a dignified evaluation and not a campaign based on lies and deception. Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday.

The president said Kavanaugh overcame intense scrutiny by Democrats who considered him guilty and didn't want to give him due process.

"The other side did it", he told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

As Justice Kavanaugh settles into his lifetime seat on the bench of the nation's highest court, the left remains angry. Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 82-year-old jurist who Kavanaugh replaced, was in the courtroom, as were members of the new justice's family.

His remarks on Murkowski were part of a wide-ranging interview in which McConnell acknowledged that the extended fight over confirming Kavanaugh has widened an existing gender gap in which Republicans trail Democrats in support among women.

"Over this past year, following the cases of Weinstein and Cosby and the explosion of #MeToo, our numbers have been growing pretty rapidly, but we've never seen anything like this before", Berkowitz added.

Ultimately, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown in disarray by Sen.

Describing Kavanaugh as a man of outstanding intellect and a brilliant scholar, Trump said his credentials were unsurpassed.

Trump's ceremony speech hammered a theme he has been hitting on all week: hoping to energize Republicans by attacking Democrats for opposing Kavanaugh.

But that changed with Kavanaugh. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain. The case concerns mandatory minimum sentencing under a 1984 federal law, the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Democrats had fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court. He had already hired four law clerks, all women.

The president was drowned out by chants of "lock her up", which the president seemed to enjoy thoroughly, saying, "I think they're talking about [Sen.] Feinstein, can you believe it?" They point out he served for 12 years on the country's second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where he penned more than 300 opinions, many of which were upheld by the Supreme Court.

Outside of Trump, more than one Democratic congressman has pledged an investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the sexual assault allegations against him.

Mr Kavanaugh's installation cements the strongest conservative majority on the court since the New Deal, delivering on a decades-long ambition of the American right. Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said its National Sexual Assault Hotline had a 338 percent increase in traffic between Thursday, September 27 - the day Ford testified regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh - and the following Sunday.

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