Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh for sexual misconduct allegations during confirmation

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh for sexual misconduct allegations during confirmation

Donald Trump has said sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee for the US Supreme Court, were a "hoax" and "all made up".

President Trump said he thinks many Democrats will vote Republican in next month's mid-term elections because they are angry about Mr Kavanaugh's treatment.

Mr Trump said every notion of fairness and decency had been broken, and berated the "the bad suffering" the judge had been forced to endure, adding that "under historic scrutiny", he had been "proven innocent".

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

"On Tuesday morning, he will sit to the left of Justice Elena Kagan, in the most junior spot on the high court's bench, and will hear arguments in three criminal cases before the court".

Two liberal justices - Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan - said on Friday (Saturday NZT) they want to see the court stay above the political fray.

All eight Supreme Court justices attended the reception, along with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I think that after the dust settles on the night of [Nov.] 6th, I think that's where we start to evaluate". "Our base is on fire", claims Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn-in as United States Supreme Court Justice Saturday shortly after winning Senate approval in a 50 to 48 vote. "That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me".

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"Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, an important swing vote on Kavanaugh who ultimately supported him, said in an appearance on CNN's State of the Union aired on Sunday that she found Ford's testimony to be 'heart-wrenching, painful, compelling.' adding, 'I believe that she believes what she testified to'". After reports broke out of her husband's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), Melania Trump did not travel with the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A ceremonial swearing-in of Kavanaugh is set for Monday evening in the White House East Room.

"What I told you is what the history of the Senate has been", McConnell replied.

Wallace pressed McConnell to explicitly say whether or not he would go forward with a Trump nomination in 2020.

In early 2016, McConnell refused to set hearings for President Barack Obama's last nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, saying the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia should be filled by the victor of that year's election.

Ms Pelosi says she will file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to make public the confidential FBI investigation into the claims against Justice Kavanaugh.

The president delivered remarks ahead of the swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

According to the National Law Journal, Kavanaugh hired 25 women and 23 men while serving as an appeals court judge on the D.C. Circuit.

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