Brett Kavanaugh participates in swearing-in ceremony at White House

Geraldine Edwards
October 9, 2018

US President Donald Trump says sexual assault allegations against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were a "hoax", pressing on an issue that Republicans have used to energise their voters.

Hirono also sidestepped Bash's question on whether Michael Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels, hurt the Democrats' arguments against Kavanaugh's confirmation by representing a third woman to make allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

Trump continued lashing out at Democrats when he rallied supporters in Topeka, telling them the opposition party conducted a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against Kavanaugh. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice", McConnell said after Garland's nomination.

The first accuser Christine Ford, a clinical psychology professor in California, and Kavanaugh had appeared before a Senate, the hearing of which was watched live by millions of people across the globe on their television sets.

"It unleashed something inside me".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in an interview with Roll Call a month ahead of Election Day, said the contentious debate about the confirmation process was driving up base enthusiasm for the 2018 midterm elections. "Everything was uncorroborated", he told reporters in Topeka, Kansas.

As he returned to the White House Monday from Florida, Trump anticipated that Kavanaugh's swearing-in would be a "big night".

He says that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent". She testified under oath but Kavanaugh denied these claims, putting the pressure on USA senators to decide if he was qualified for the job.

Hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps. Some women in the gallery chanted, "Shame!" She was the only Republican who voted against the appointment. "I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said. That's what they have become.

"Republicans are the party of law and order and justice".

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Image: Judge Kavanaugh being sworn in. The Bangor Daily News reported that the senator was greeted by protesters when she switched planes in Philadelphia while traveling from Washington, ME on Saturday night following the final vote on Kavanaugh.

Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose seat Kavanaugh is inheriting, delivered the oath to the judge.

Over the weekend, Collins reiterated her claim on CNN's "State of the Union" that Ford was likely assaulted-but that she had somehow mis-remembered the perpetrator, both when she testified about the allegation in September and in 2012 when she spoke to a therapist about the experience.

Trump continued defending Kavanaugh on Monday, saying the newly minted justice "did nothing wrong" and correctly noting that investigations found "no corroboration of any kind" from witnesses to what Ford, Swetnick and Deborah Ramirez claimed to remember from more than three decades ago.

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