Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh, says he was 'proven innocent'

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms ‘Victory for our nation’: Donald Trump celebrates Kavanaugh’s confirmation to US Supreme Court
| 09 October, 2018, 04:56

"I thought - I thought it was one of the most disgraceful performances I've ever seen".

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", he said.

Trump said the mere mention of impeaching a Supreme Court justice who "is a top scholar, a top student, a top intellect, and who did nothing wrong" should galvanize support for Republican candidates on the ballot.

The confirmation of Kavanaugh despite multiple sexual assault allegations enraged activists. And it comes less than a month before pivotal midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress.

Trump is scheduled to return for a ceremonial swearing-in of Kavanaugh at the White House.

"I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on November 6 that would not have happened before", he said.

No concrete evidence was produced to back up the searing accusations, which Republicans described as a dirty tricks campaign. "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said. McConnell also stood aside while Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Donald Trump.


Earlier on Monday he said "evil people" had brought up the allegations, even though it was unclear if he was referring to the accusers, their lawyers or Democratic lawmakers.

In reality, Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation lit a match under existing left-right tensions.

Mr Trump did not blame opposition Democrats by name.

Kavanaugh was administered the official Constitutional Oath and Judicial Oath by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy shortly after being confirmed by the Senate.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, has urged supporters to vote "if you believe that Supreme Court justices should conform to the highest standards of character, impartiality, temperament, and above all, honesty and credibility".

The initial focus of opposition was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. Christine Blasey Ford's bombshell interview with The Washington Post and her emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee threatened to upend the nomination after she accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.

Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration. "Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter", Zuzek said in a statement.

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