Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

President Donald Trump amped up his defense of Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, calling the sexual assault allegations that surfaced against the newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice "a hoax" and insisting that Kavanaugh "did nothing wrong".

Mr Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including a California professor who testified under oath that he tried to assault her at a high school party decades ago.

Trump also said any effort to impeach the Supreme Court judge, Kavanaugh, would be an insult to the American people.

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. He hailed the vote at a campaign rally later that night in Kansas where he told a crowd "I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

Kavanaugh said of his SCOTUS colleagues that he knew each of them, "each of whom I greatly admire and respect". "So, I think even before you start focusing on questions about his truthfulness before a Senate committee, you've got to focus on the urgency of the work over the next 30 days, and that's where my focus is".

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Kavanaugh's confirmation process has laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections. Trump and Senate Republican leaders agreed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe at the request of Republican senators whose support for Kavanaugh appeared to be wavering.

Brett Kavanaugh will be at the end of the US Supreme Court's bench when he hears his first argument as a justice on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

President Donald Trump said Monday he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in USA history.

Trump made his comments as he left the White House en route to an event with law enforcement officials in Florida, where he devoted a segment of his comments to Kavanaugh.

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"Kavanaugh's confirmation will leave a lot of outraged and energized women in its wake", said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.

A ceremonial swearing-in of Kavanaugh is set for Monday evening in the White House East Room.

Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace expressed surprise that McConnell would allow a 2020 nomination to go through because the Republican leader refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, after former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

Joining Kavanaugh at the ceremony were many friends fellow legal professionals in Washington, as well as his parents and daughters. "The democrats have become too extreme and too unsafe to govern", Trump said.

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