Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, to "even the playing field".

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional oath, and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to a Supreme Court statement, "so that [Kavanaugh] can begin to participate in the work of the court immediately". "So what we did was follow tradition, but we didn't attack the nominee".

Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

However, she told reporters, referring to the Twitter habits of her husband, Donald Trump, that she doesn't "always agree with what he tweets".

President Trump: "You don't hand matches to an arsonist".

"Our base is on fire", the top Senate Republican said in an interview with The Hill news daily.

The New York Democrat also blasted the "biased, unfair" confirmation process and urged Americans to vote. "It's not so clear that you know going forward that that sort of middle position - it's not so clear whether we'll have it".

Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

In the Senate chamber, the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests from the gallery.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

Democrats are hopeful of winning control of the House but the Senate is a long shot. Protests against Kavanaugh - who will now serve a lifetime appointment after overcoming credible allegations of sexual assault, which he denied - continued outside the Capitol and Supreme Court during the ceremony.

Graham meant that as an attack on Democrats, suggesting that their desire to defeat Kavanaugh led them to embrace allegations against the judge of sexual misconduct in high school and college that Graham considers unfounded.

"Of course Senator McConnell has said you never have a vote on a justice in a presidential election year", Leahy said. Hangers and worse have been delivered to their offices, a Roe v. Wade reference.

Jennifer Flynn Walker, director of mobilization and advocacy at the Center for Popular Democracy, told HuffPost that the event was held to show McConnell that the Kavanaugh nomination hurt the country. Why, now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, stop pursuing the allegations altogether, especially if they are true? At one point in the hearing, Kavanaugh blamed a Clinton-revenge conspiracy for the accusations against him. "So then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that's why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation". Democrats dismissed the truncated report as insufficient.

Republicans, with the exception of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), all voted to confirm Kavanaugh.

"And so, people watching you, hearing you say that, you understand that they'll think you're saying you don't believe her?"

Then, on Friday Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from ME who Democrats thought might derail the Kavanaugh train, said she would vote for him. Both he and Collins attempted to express a belief that Dr. Blasey Ford was assaulted, but not by Kavanaugh.

As the Senate tried to recover from its charged atmosphere, Murkowski's move offered a moment of civility.

Large groups of protesters gathered outside the Capitol building and across the street at the Supreme Court ahead of the final vote on Saturday.

That's a question Americans will to ponder as they reflect on the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle. "The other side is obviously fired up, they have been all year".



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