Trump praises Collins for support of Kavanaugh: 'Susan was incredible'

Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh

Some have had none.

When Flake cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!"

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice Saturday, hours after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. As a replacement for Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on cases dealing with LGBTQ rights, abortion, and affirmative action, Kavanaugh could cause the court to lean more conservative on these issues. As I've said previously, my job is to assess the facts before us and the fact remains that no evidence exists to support the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. "It showed no corroboration -- no nothing".

The dispute over Kavanaugh has added fuel to campaigning for the midterm elections in November when Democrats will try to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

"Change must come from where change in America always begins-the ballot box".

"I'm hitting them so hard that they're disappearing, and I don't want to do that", he said.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who provided a critical "yes" vote for Kavanaugh on Saturday, also endorsed the mistaken-identity theory.

Collins told fellow senators that Christine Blasey Ford's dramatic testimony last week describing Kavanaugh's alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling".

After touting the economy and unemployment, and bringing gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach and House candidate Steve Watkins on stage, Trump returned to Democrats, attacking potential 2020 opponents and the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including one riff where he appeared to imagine beating up Joe Biden.

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Speaking to NPR on Friday, a lawyer for Ford said the California professor's goal was never to derail the nomination. Corey Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Feinstein.

President Donald Trump talks on the tarmac to members of the media during his arrival at Topeka Regional Airport, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kan.

He again called Sen. The confirmation process revealed a sense of entitlement, a lack of truthfulness, political motivations and poor temperament that in my view, and in the view of former Justice John Paul Stevens, disqualified Judge Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court.

"I used to think he was a pretty fearless guy". "No matter what happens this afternoon, I am going to continue to support survivors", Piper says.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who helped push through Kavanaugh's nomination despite moments where it looked like it could fail, effusively praised Kavanaugh. "The horror they had to endure from these people like Blumenthal and Booker, who was a disaster as the mayor of Newark".

Brett Kavanaugh seems assured of surviving a Supreme Court nomination fight for the ages after two wavering senators said they'd back him despite weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests.

The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Murkowski, who told reporters that while she believes Kavanaugh is "a good man", she also felt the confirmation process had become about something "bigger than a nominee".

She claims she got away when Judge jumped on the bed. And she says numerous demonstrators, regardless of their opinions about the Supreme Court nominee, share a common sentiment: They don't feel their voices are being heard.

Three female GOP senators - Iowa's Jodi Ernst, West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito and Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith - sat directly behind Collins as she spoke.

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