Trump decries 'terrible pain' of Brett Kavanaugh, family

Glen Norman
October 9, 2018

One of the women accusing the judge of sexual misdemeanours, Prof Christine Blasey Ford, said Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982 when they were high school students.

Mr. Trump has continued to laud Kavanaugh's character and intellect, following allegations of sexual misconduct that roiled Kavanaugh's confirmation process for weeks.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote Saturday, when Mr. Trump was en route to Kansas for a "Make America Great Again" rally.

Addressing Kavanaugh specifically, the president said, "You sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent". Cory Booker, D-N.J., left open the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh if Democrats take back one of the houses of Congress in next month's midterm elections. However, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan did not offer remarks during their respective swearing-in ceremonies, opting, instead, to speak at receptions with then-President Barack Obama regarding their appointments.


Only Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer participated in White House events after they had been sworn in and begun work as justices, according to the court's records on the current crop of justices.

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

Democrats fought tooth and nail to stop MrKavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court, which will now tilt decisively to a more Republican-friendly panel. "A brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers, and now they want to impeach him".

"I think that's premature", Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on NBC's Meet the Press.


Democrats have said that an FBI investigation into the allegations that Trump ordered was too limited in scope to be useful.

"False charges. False accusations", the president said at a convention for police chiefs in Orlando.

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

The ceremony took place in the East Room - the same location where the President first announced Kavanaugh's nomination 13 weeks ago. "Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter", Zuzek said in a statement.


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