Roberts asks federal judges to handle Kavanaugh complaints

President Donald Trump listens as retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump listens as retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett

He said that "under historic scrutiny", Mr Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".

During Kavanaugh's confirmation process, dozens of women had dressed up in similar costumes to represent the TV show's depiction of women living under a dystopian fundamentalist regime. Before the arguments, Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh, 53, to a court that now has five conservative members and four liberals. "President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy, '" McConnell famously said in August 2016.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said at the jurist's White House swearing-in ceremony.

He has now appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh which has swung the court 5-4 in the Republicans' favour, meaning abortion rights are once more in the balance.

McConnell described protesters "literally storming the steps of the Capitol and the Supreme Court", confronting Republicans at restaurants and shouting from the Senate visitors' galleries during last week's debate and vote on Kavanaugh.

What's unclear is whether GOP unity is enough to preserve the GOP power in Congress.

The Democratic candidate 45 percent.

Then on Saturday, Democratic Sen. Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, Christine Blasey Ford - who said the judge sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982 when they were high school students - has been unable to move back home because of "unending" death threats, according to one of her lawyers.

He told The New York Times that #MeToo was a "movement toward victimization" that had caused a backlash. "A brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers, and now they want to impeach him". The campaign against Kavanaugh had been based on "lies", including by "evil" people.

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