Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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McConnell undermines Trump and Senate Republicans with support for Murkowksi

McConnell undermines Trump and Senate Republicans with support for Murkowksi

US President Donald Trump has said it is "an insult to the American public" for Democrats to consider impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and claimed the allegations made against him were a hoax.

The whole Kavanaugh hearing has been deeply disappointing, but at least his name will keep the discussion of sexual assault alive.

CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic said Brett Kavanaugh would be "changing the law of the land" for the next 20 years as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. "Chuck Grassley", who led a bitter but ultimately successful fight for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

With police standing by, a small group of protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".

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

Republicans are madder about the Kavanaugh controversy than Democrats are and more determined to vote in the upcoming elections because of it. Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks.

But while Kavanaugh is a relatively new addition to the public consciousness, the website has been on reserve for several years, set aside should he ever be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Pointing out that Kavanaugh's confirmation was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881, Kimmel referenced the widespread protests that ensued.


Image: Judge Kavanaugh being sworn in.

ActBlue - an online fundraising platform for Democrats - raised almost $10 million on October 5 - the day the Senate held a procedural vote on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward - and another $9 million on October 6, the day the upper chamber formally confirmed him. He called the dearth of women Republican candidates winning elections "a great frustration" and said those in the Senate now "just haven't been interested" in serving on the panel that confirms judges and justices.

Kavanaugh's nomination was thrown into jeopardy when university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford came forward with accusations that he had sexually assaulted her when they were teens in the Washington area. Lacy had been working at the White House in support of Kavanaugh's nomination.

He later expressed regret over some of his comments.

Within a half hour of the start of his first oral argument on the Supreme Court Tuesday, Kavanaugh had already proved he wouldn't be a silent presence on the bench like Justice Clarence Thomas, who went through a similarly bruising confirmation process in 1991 but was famously quiet during questioning.

The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke a year ago during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden.

Waters was speaking with MSNBC's Chris Hayes when she abruptly slammed the President for his fiery rallies and campaign stops across the country heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

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