Trump Calls Brett Kavanaugh a ‘Flawless Person’

by Garry Watts October 9, 2018, 2:37
Trump Calls Brett Kavanaugh a ‘Flawless Person’

Wife Ashley Kavanaugh held the family Bible.

It's unclear whether Kavanaugh will speak during the East Room ceremony.

His appointment is for life and he will strengthen conservative control of the nine-judge court, which has the final say on United States law.

Trump invited reporters travelling with him to watch the final vote in his private office aboard Air Force One, then delivered a thumbs up from his desk as the confirmation was made official. "That is who I am", he said. "I respect that decision, and we would hope that the court will now move in a direction where they can make decisions". Ford said she was "100 per cent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker; Kavanaugh steadfastly denied her allegations.

During his 12 years as a federal judge, Kavanaugh said that he had hired mostly women to improve female representation in the court, adding that he planned to hire all women if he was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

Mr Trump said Mr Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", as he left for a trip to Florida.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks.

Millions of people inside USA and overseas watched live on their television sets the open hearing of Kavanaugh and his first accuser Christine Ford, a professor in California. Following the hearing and under tremendous political pressure, Trump had ordered a last-minute Federal Bureau of Investigation supplemental inquiry.

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"The tactics that have been employed both by Judiciary Committee Democratic senators and by the virtual mob that's assaulted all of us in the course of this process, has turned our base on fire", said McConnell. "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know".

The president, speaking to reporters before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the White House south lawn, predicted the attack on Kavanaugh would cost the opposition party in next month's midterm congressional elections.

Trump's comments came two days after the Senate narrowly confirmed Kavanaugh for the high court. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, who recently retired amid sexual harassment allegations, and Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, whose seat he will now occupy. Thus, it was probably better for the GOP to have its Supreme Court pick in the news - even in the context of a sexual assault scandal - than to have, say, the news networks devoting wall-to-wall coverage to the revelation that Donald Trump cheated the government out of hundreds of millions in taxes, or to the GOP's efforts to kill insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions by judicial fiat.

"We're very honoured that he was able to withstand this terrible, frightful attack by the Democrats".

"This place is stuck in another era, and it's time to get it to a place where the rest of America is", Klobuchar said.

"This ended up being a pretty happy ending for us", he said. Gov. John Kasich of OH predicted "a good year" for Democrats in the November elections and said he wonders about "the soul of our country" in the long term after the tumultuous hearings.

At one point, there were five protesters yelling at once, drawing a smirk from McConnell and a broad smile from South Carolina GOP Sen. Other demonstrators climbed on the nearby statue of justice. "I think it's the end of whatever legacy she has worked so hard to achieve as a moderate", Amy Halsted, co-director of Maine People's Alliance, which helped start the fundraiser, told Rolling Stone.

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