Kavanaugh Takes Active Role During Arguments on First Day on Supreme Court


Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that President Donald Trump staged a "political rally" at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in that "further undermined the image and integrity of the court".

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain you have been forced to endure", Trump said today during a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats' attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court "a national embarrassment, a national disgrace", without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982.

The bitterly divided U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh, with just one Democrat supporting him. It saddens me. Because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government.

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?" "I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against", Clinton said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Democrats could face backlash in 2020 if they engage in "presidential harassment" after winning back the House in 2018 midterm elections.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Kentucky Republican cited the Trump administration's "extraordinary" success with the GOP-controlled Congress — including a growing economy, two new Supreme Court justices and congressional action to cut regulations and taxes.

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. Every litigant in the Supreme Court can be assured that I will listen to their arguments with respect and an open mind.

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He added that he's "proud she is in the Republican conference".

The party in power usually loses seats in midterm elections because satisfied voters become complacent.

McConnell said that threats of violence and murder were made against senators and their staff.

The RNC chairwoman said she wasn't surprised, because the way the Democrats, particularly Senator Dianne Feinstein, handled the Blasey-Ford letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual abuse 36 years ago was "shameful". He had denied her allegation.

Meanwhile, Democrats are still bitter about Kavanaugh's confirmation. Trump has said Alaskans will make her pay.

The DCCC also says it raised $4.38 million from the end of September to October 5 - the day it was clear Kavanaugh had the votes to be confirmed.

Grassley said he saw Ford's hearing before the Judiciary Committee as a positive step for women's rights to report sexual misconduct by men.

Between Thursday and Saturday of last week, the Capitol Police arrested more than 544 protesters related to the Kavanaugh nomination.