Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Trump declares 'tremendous victory' after Kavanaugh is sworn into Supreme Court

Trump declares 'tremendous victory' after Kavanaugh is sworn into Supreme Court

While Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Kavanaugh's confirmation was a shining moment for the GOP heading into next month's pivotal elections, GOP Gov. John Kasich of OH predicted "a good year" for Democrats and said he wonders about "the soul of our country" in the long term after the tumultuous hearings.

"The Senate is about to elevate a nominee who doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the confirmation vote, adding that the judge is an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanor".

To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it a "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.

Kavanaugh had served as associate counsel and staff secretary under Bush, who has repeatedly praised him as a candidate for the Supreme Court. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded. He said the FBI had done seven background investigations and argued that, had there been an issue, it would have surfaced sooner.

She said she found no corroborating evidence for Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of sexual assault.

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During the rally, the president also accused Democrats of supporting sanctuary cities and of wanting to strip funding from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

During a rally in MS last week, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she told lawmakers there were details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember. "I will move on that and I think that all the victims, they need - we need to help all the victims no matter what kind of abuse they had, but I am against any kind of abuse or violence", the first lady said.

Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a small house party when the two were teenagers, and detailed her allegations under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senate Majority Leader was heavily criticized when he put a halt to Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, whom Obama nominated in his final year in the White House.

Supreme Court judges are appointed for life and the 53-year-old Kavanaugh can potentially keep his position for decades.

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McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the "mob" of opposition - confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes - united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Kavanaugh's confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party this fall. The photos released by the court show a calm, joyful scene: Kavanaugh standing beneath the portraits of chief justices, surrounded by his smiling daughters and wife, Ashley Kavanaugh, who stood by him after every accusation. But we didn't attack the nominee, we didn't go on a search and destroy mission'.

But before reporters dug into that, she was asked about her husband calling African countries "shitholes", saying "I never heard him saying those comments". In the short term he will provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.

"Any remaining belief I had that admirable Republicans still exist, is dying, exhaling its last breath", another added.

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kavanaugh, a conservative jurist, fills the seat of Kennedy, a swing vote on the court. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him. "If they won't listen to our voices, then they'll listen to our vote".

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