Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Trump does victory lap after bitter Supreme Court battle

Donald Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as SC Judge amid protests Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Justice of the US Supreme Court
Ray Hunter | 09 October, 2018, 04:56

At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he'd been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through American politics.

Earlier Monday, Trump claimed the accusations against Kavanaugh were a "hoax set up by the Democrats".

Even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, some Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's truthfulness during his initial Senate confirmation hearing. He emphatically denied the allegations.

Trump has repeatedly said that putting conservatives on the court - Kavanaugh is his second appointment - was among the top goals of his presidency.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress in November - angrily predicted that the Mr Kavanaugh row would backfire on Democrats.

President Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House in Washington on Monday.

Liberal-leaning voters failed to show up-again-and Republicans took control of the US Senate, too.

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

US Supreme Court nominee: 'I am independent, impartial'
Republicans have a narrow 51-49 Senate majority, and Vice President Mike Pence will be available to cast a tie-breaking vote . His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A.

"I will always be humbled and proud to sit in Justice Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court", he said.

More recently, Democrats have cast doubt on Kavanaugh's account of his drinking while a teenager, an issue that came up repeatedly during a Senate hearing that included testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of drunkenly assaulting her while they were in high school.

"It was all made up", Trump said.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".

"When I decided on Brett, I said he's flawless", Trump told the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando, Florida. Outside groups are culling an unusually long paper trail from his previous government and political work, with the National Archives and Records Administration expected to release a cache of millions of documents this month.

After being announced on stage, Mr Kavanaugh thanked President Trump "for everything".

Two years ago, McConnell blocked a vote on Garland, citing what he said was a tradition of not filling vacancies in a presidential election year.

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