McConnell now open to Supreme Court nomination in presidential election year

McConnell now open to Supreme Court nomination in presidential election year

Kavanaugh's hiring decision follows through on a statement he made during his second Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, in which he testified on allegations of sexual assault against him by professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh's nomination boosted an already overheated role for Democratic female voters, particularly decadesold sexual assault allegations that fit into the #MeToo movement and the judge's conservative legal approach that legal experts expect to chip away at access to abortion. "It was fabricated. And it's a disgrace", Trump said.

A majority of Americans don't want Kavanaugh on their Supreme Court, or Republicans in control of their Congress, or Donald Trump in their White House.

In the federal lawsuit, Texas v. Ajar, Republicans from 20 different states are arguing that the ACA is unconstitutional and must be abolished in its entirety-and if that case ever reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Kavanaugh could help deprive well over 20 million Americans of health insurance.

"In the public mind, there will always be this dark cloud hanging over the court, even if Kavanaugh is eventually embraced by all his colleagues on the court", said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.

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.

In his Senate testimony last month in which he denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in high school, accusing Democrats of orchestrating a partisan campaign against him, Kavanaugh had promised that, if he was confirmed, the four clerks working for him would be women.

"I have never seen anything like it", Trump told reporters as he prepared to board Marina One outside the White House, the first leg of a trip to Florida.

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Republicans, who controlled the Senate when Obama nominated Garland, said at the time that a choice for the open slot for Supreme Court justice should wait until after the 2016 election. He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said.

With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade.

So, for Democrats, such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, to say that they are going to investigate Kavanaugh for perjury and related issues if the Democrats take the House and/or Senate is not only premature, but a bad mistake, and one that will only redound to the Democrats' detriment.

"You don't hand matches to an arsonist, and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob. And that's what they've become", he said. "The democrats have become too extreme and too risky to govern", Trump said.

According to the National Law Journal, Kavanaugh hired 25 women and 23 men while serving as an appeals court judge on the D.C. Circuit.

"It is a sad day, but the recourse will have to be on election day", Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told reporters.

Retired Associate Justice Anthony M Kennedy administered the judicial oath. "A total coward." The Arizona Republican, who is retiring, voted for Kavanaugh. Because I have many friends that are Democrats.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested on Capitol Hill this week - including several dozen in the hours leading to the final vote. I saw him rule in favor of criminal defendants who were unsympathetic.

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