Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) – who blocked President Barack Obama’s 2016 nominee to the Supreme Court for almost a year amid widespread Democratic objections – signaled Monday that he would help fill a high-court vacancy if one emerges when President Trump is up for reelection in 2020.
With one confirmation just ended, Senator McConnell also signalled he was willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise.
The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start – but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.
The entire room of Trump supporters and staff applauded the entire Kavanaugh family.
“We have a lot of women that are extremely happy – a tremendous number – because they’re thinking of their sons, they’re thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy”, he said.
He also blamed “evil” people for putting Kavanaugh in a “disgraceful situation” during his confirmation process.
‘I think it’s an insult to the American public, ‘ Trump said of the organized opposition to Kavanaugh. “I said, “Brett, congratulations, this is going to be a piece of cake getting you confirmed”. “That is who I am”, he said. “Without hesitation”, Heitkamp told reporters, she believed Ford.
The allegations against the nominee were “all made up, it was fabricated and it was a disgrace”, Mr Trump said.
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said if Democrats win the House in November, they would open an investigation into Kavanaugh.
Both Republicans and Democrats are looking to harness the anger generated by Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court ahead of the midterm elections. However, the Republican cautioned that “it remains to be seen whether this lasts for the next three weeks or not”.
Millions of people inside United States and overseas watched live on their television sets the open hearing of Kavanaugh and his first accuser Christine Ford, a professor in California. “There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know”.
When Bash asked whether Kavanaugh should be impeached if Democrats take control, Hirono replied, “I’m much more focused on the here and now, which is that we have an election coming up”.
On Saturday, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Kavanaugh by 50-48 votes, which was mostly on party lines.
Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday over the widespread objections of women across the country – and one of his first actions was to install an all-female staff. Ford’s allegations and the ensuing public scrutiny inspired women across the country to share their own stories of sexual assault, and many women reported feeling personally victimized by Kavanaugh’s confirmation and the willingness of predominantly Republican lawmakers to overlook the attempted rape allegation against him. “It’s a frightful attack that nobody should have to go through”, he said. It’s going to be quite some time before they’re able to live at home. “Very happy about it”. But independent court analysts say Kavanaugh is likely to lean toward more conservative rulings. At one point some protesters ran up the steps and banged on the court’s ornate doors.
Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute think tank, predicts Justice Kavanaugh, like other rookie justices, will hang back a bit during the first few arguments and not pose many questions to the lawyers on either side. “I’m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard, FBI investigation was done, is completed and the Senate voted”. “The Fake News Media tries to make it look sooo big, & it’s not!”