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

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

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

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh because he is an outstanding person and I'm very honoured to have chosen him".

How's it looking for turnout this year, when the stakes couldn't be higher and the consequences of midterm elections couldn't be more clear? With Kavanaugh's ascent to the nine-member high court, Trump now has filled two vacancies on the court from his list, including Neil Gorsuch a year ago. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent.

Both parties say the confirmation fight will energize their voters. Both may be right. Because I have many friends that are Democrats.

Enter Kavanaugh, the appellate court judge accused by Christine Blasey Ford in emotional sworn testimony of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, while the two were in high school.

Trump lauded Kavanaugh as a "brilliant jurist" and blamed Democrats for the focus on decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct that dominated debate in the weeks before the nominee's Senate confirmation on Saturday. "It was a great vote, a very historic vote", Trump said. As it turns out, that portrayal might not have been too far from reality.

The surge in GOP enthusiasm could recalibrate a political landscape that was tilting toward Democrats throughout the summer.

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Women also opposed Kavanaugh's nomination even before the sexual misconduct charges emerged, believing he will provide the deciding vote to weaken reproductive rights and perhaps overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade, as well as affect such other issues as LGBTQ rights and women's economic stability. They left their homes, some of them traveling long distances, to relive what were potentially the most traumatic moments of their lives for a contemptuous audience of Republican senators.

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To be sure, some tightening in the race was likely inevitable this fall.

"You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time a vacancy created in a presidential election year, on the Supreme Court, was confirmed by a Senate of a different party than the president".

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses a news conference after the Senate voted to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018. Party operatives also believe the optics of the all-male GOP panel that presided over the hearing struck a chord with female voters.

When Bash asked if he was "happy" about Kavanaugh's confirmation, Kasich replied, "it's not about a matter of happy".

She also urged the Trump administration to reconsider its hands-off approach to the lawsuit, saying Congress never meant to strike protections for people with preexisting conditions when it tweaked Obamacare with its tax bill.

Trump had once said he found her testimony credible.

Trump will have an additional opportunity to celebrate the confirmation Monday evening when he and Kavanaugh participate in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House at 7:00 p.m. But they're well aware that the president often struggles to stay on message and can quickly overshadow his political victories with new controversies.

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