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Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh

08 Octobre 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, the new US Supreme Court justice picked by President Donald Trump, has been confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.

Joe Manchin of West Virginia despite his help confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Collins, who provided a critical "yes" vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation Saturday, said when other lawmakers took issue with the judge's emotional denial of the allegations, she put herself "in his shoes." .

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "We're very honored that he was able to withstand this terrible, disgusting attack by the Democrats".

"I will tell you, had we not succeeded, the president and I fully meant to fill the seat before the end of the year", McConnell said.

But most of this year's competitive Senate races are in traditionally red states, and as Republicans have rallied to Kavanaugh's side, the chances of Democratic upsets there have dropped, at least for now.

Trump is visiting Topeka for a Saturday evening fundraiser and rally for Kris Kobach, the controversial secretary of state running for Kansas governor, and Steve Watkins, the GOP nominee in a key congressional race there.

Kavanaugh forcefully and tearfully denied the accusations in a fiery opening statement and was openly hostile toward Democrats as they questioned him about the alleged assault and his drinking habits.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, enough wavering senators made a decision to back the nomination.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has repeatedly battled with Trump and will retire in January, said he, too, planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Allegations of sexual assault raised during senate confirmation hearings dominated headlines and divided the US.

Trump also spoke with Vice President Pence, Sen.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in a narrow 50-48 vote in the Senate on Saturday afternoon after one of the most contentious nominations in decades.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018.

"We stood up to the mob", he said.

In recent weeks, Trump campaigned hard for Kavanaugh as Republicans try to keep control of Congress after the November 6 elections.

"There's nothing quite like a good old-fashioned Supreme Court fight to polarise the electorate - and that's what we've observed in the past few weeks", said David Wasserman, House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Reflecting the depth of Democratic anger, Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted on Saturday that the Republicans had confirmed "a unsafe & deeply flawed nominee only by breaking all the rules & norms".

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

Kavanaugh attended high school in Maryland, where he met Christine Blasey Ford, now a 51-year-old academic in the area of research psychology.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Schumer said Kavanaugh's "partisan screed" showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve.

"We're taking back Maine's Senate seat, and claiming it for someone who knows how to listen to her constituents", tweeted Mainers for Accountable Leadership, which organized protests at Collins' office. "It is, I have to admit, a great sense of accomplishment here". That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh