Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Trump crows over win in bitter Supreme Court battle

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Celia Hoffman | 10 October, 2018, 21:55

Ainsley Earhardt predicted that enthusiasm among Republican voters will closely rival Democrats' enthusiasm after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. "The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player".

In the survey of 1,000 likely US voters, 54 percent of respondents said they thought the Senate had enough information at the time to decide whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh.

The other eight justices are all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which is entirely ceremonial.

Kavanaugh is the second justice Trump has successfully nominated to the Supreme Court, following the confirmation a year ago of Neil Gorsuch to the seat left by the late Antonin Scalia.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said its National Sexual Assault Hotline had a 338 percent increase in traffic between Thursday, September 27 - the day Ford testified regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh - and the following Sunday.

Kim Jackson, who is Black, joined Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen as Kavanaugh's Supreme Court law clerks.

President Trump then directly addressed Kavanaugh's daughters and reassured them their father will now serve the American people on the nation's highest court.

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Kavanaugh was quick to weigh in, asking his first question of a lawyer representing a defendant about 20 minutes into the first argument.

With all the sitting justices in attendance, along with Kavanaugh's family and top admiration officials, Trump said Kavanaugh had been the victim of a "campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception". Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle. The court will be hearing arguments Tuesday in two previously little-noticed cases involving the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law that imposes heightened penalties on people who repeatedly commit serious crimes.

His ascent to the court was sealed by a 50-48 Senate vote on Saturday. The process was marred accusations of sexual assault and misconduct dredged up weeks before senators cast their votes. Kennedy was a more moderate conservative who sometimes sided with the court's four liberal justices.

The Kentucky Republican made the remark after winning a hard-fought battle to confirm President Donald Trump's second high-court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House.

The two-vote margin of victory in the Senate made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 - and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991. "100 percent", Trump said, adding: "I don't want to get sued, so 99 percent".

After the allegations against Kavanaugh were scrutinized, principled Americans saw that it was wrong to presume Kavanaugh guilty without evidence and permit the Democrats to assassinate his character.

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