Trump declares Kavanaugh 'proven innocent', internet calls him out

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy

The bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged involving Kavanaugh.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of all Likely U.S. Voters say they are more likely to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because of the controversy surrounding President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee. "Her accomplishment is to be an alumna of integrity, who despite great personal cost to herself and her family told her story of her sexual assault and emboldened others to also find the courage to speak out against injustice".

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retired justice Anthony Kennedy - long seen as a key swing vote - was controversial from the start.

McConnell said Sunday he could reverse himself and consider what would be a third high-court nominee for President Donald Trump should a vacancy arise in 2020.

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh to the court before the oral arguments. Kavanaugh could serve for decades in the lifetime job.

He said, "I'm just reminding you what the history has been". Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks.

Tuesday's cases involved the 1984 Armed Career Criminal Act, a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" criminal sentencing law that boosts prison sentences for people who are convicted of crimes involving guns if they previously have been convicted of certain other crimes.

"Sixty-two percent of all voters are "angry" about the U.S. Senate's treatment of Kavanaugh, with 42 percent who are "very angry". Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court previous year. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process". But in a well-functioning democracy, the Senate would have rejected Kavanaugh's nomination: The 50 senators who voted him onto the court last weekend collectively represent just 44 percent of the US population.

With justices seated by seniority, President Donald Trump's two appointees will flank the Supreme Court bench, Justice Neil Gorsuch at one end and Kavanaugh at the other.

As for the accusations against Kavanaugh, he said he found Christine Blasey Ford's account of her sexual assault "convincing" but noted that there had been no corroboration.

He later wrote in a newspaper opinion piece that he regretted some of his comments.

He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who´s Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court.

Before Kavanaugh got a seat on the court, several polls were finding the opposite.

Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh arrived for work on Monday to a familiar sight: protesting women dressed in "Handmaid's Tale" costumes.

The justices privately made the decision not to hear the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"These things always blow over", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a news conference shortly after Kavanaugh won confirmation.

Republicans' hopes in the upcoming United States midterm elections have been boosted by Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

McConnell disputed the president's assessment on Wednesday.

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