Donald Trump: Sex assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh 'a hoax'

10 October, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Protestors outside the Supreme Court ahead of Justice Kavanaugh's official swearing-in

"If Justice Roberts sits on the complaints, then they will reside in a kind of purgatory and will never be adjudicated", said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers. "In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty".

According to the Associated Press, the lifting of the ban "is something of a reward to Iowa Sen".

McConnell says the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be", but says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated.

Kimmel had some choice words about Trump's performance during Monday's televised ceremony, especially when the president proclaimed that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" of Dr. Ford's assault allegation. Progressives fought hard against Kavanaugh's confirmation due to his originalist jurisprudence and because he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a "swing" vote in many 5-4 decisions. He denied all the allegations. The process was marred accusations of sexual assault and misconduct dredged up weeks before senators cast their votes. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of others agreed that the Senate handled it poorly.

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.

"Seriously, Hillary?" was the reaction of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded previous year when a shooter - who was a registered Democrat - targeted a Congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia.

The Alaska Republican Party is considering how it might reprimand Murkowski for her vote, but "leader" McConnell said Wednesday that there is no point in challenging Murkowski because "nobody's going to beat her".

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Kavanaugh was confirmed on a 50-48 vote.

His path to confirmation was turbulent - opposition to him intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago, when they were teenagers. Dianne Feinstein of California. In other words, did she leak it?

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.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. He pointed out that Murkowski won election as a write-in vote in 2010.

McConnell declined to weigh in on a possible replacement except to say he or she would not be coming from the ranks of his slim 51-seat Senate majority. "She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska".

Then an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new and Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.

Though Wake did not provide specific details about the uptick in sexual assault reports, she said Ford's testimony showed how hard it can be to report sexual misconduct.

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