Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Trump does victory lap after bitter Supreme Court battle

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Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as US Supreme Court justice following the closest Senate confirmation vote in more than a century, marking a major win for President Donald Trump's drive to move the country's political institutions to the right. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe found nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

Republicans are upbeat about their chances of holding on to their (razor thin) Senate majority in the United States midterm elections after the Brett Kavanaugh firestorm and are pointing to internal polling that proves the acrimonius battle for the Supreme Court pick has only boosted the party's chances in the short term and made the elections something more than just about Donald Trump - which is a big deal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) - who blocked President Barack Obama's 2016 nominee to the Supreme Court for almost a year amid widespread Democratic objections - signaled Monday that he would help fill a high-court vacancy if one emerges when President Trump is up for reelection in 2020.

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said. "And now they want to impeach him". Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "If an opening comes in the a year ago of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait till the next election", Graham said during an appearance at the Atlantic Festival in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shared the president's optimism.

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Kavanaugh's confirmation had already been all but sealed Friday, when he won the support of key Senate Republican Susan Collins and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin. With Kavanaugh's ascent to the nine-member high court, Trump now has filled two vacancies on the court from his list, including Neil Gorsuch past year.

"Today's Senate vote is a victory for Judge Kavanaugh, and for the President, but also for the rule of law - it is a victory for all who believe that the federal courts should enforce the rights truly based on the text and history of the Constitution, and otherwise leave policy questions in the hands of elected legislators", said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.
"I think I've demonstrated against a pretty credible candidate I knew how to handle it".

His reference to Garland concerned former President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court nominee in March 2016, who was blocked from even having a hearing by Republican senators, The Hill reported.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.

The nation's reckoning with power and who to believe about sexual misconduct has generated a new anger factor among the electorate and made the November 6 balloting a referendum on more than President Donald Trump.

McConnell has cast Kavanaugh's opponents, many of whom protested in the halls of the Senate and yelled at lawmakers, as "the mob".

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