Mitch McConnell on Lisa Murkowski: 'Nobody's going to beat her'

Pres. Trump Hosts Ceremonial Swearing-in For Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday in a 50-48 vote following an acrimonious debate over his nomination triggered by a series of sexual assault allegations during the last phase of his confirmation process. But he didn't say that was such great news.

In 2009 when Sotomayor was sworn in, administration officials said Obama wanted to forgo a White House oath as a sign of the new justice's independence. "We've always had that", though in general "it clearly is wider than it used to be". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body. By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care.

In his speech at the ceremony, Kavanaugh said the emotional Senate confirmation process "tested" him, "but it did not change me". The process was marred accusations of sexual assault and misconduct dredged up weeks before senators cast their votes. He denied the allegations.

McConnell said he's hoping to persuade more Republican women to join the committee but hasn't had much success in the past because "they just haven't been interested".

More people believed California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both high school students, and other women who accused him of misconduct than believed Kavanaugh's denials, according to the CNN poll.

Describing Kavanaugh as a man of outstanding intellect and a brilliant scholar, Trump said his credentials were unsurpassed.

Trump also gave a big shout out to Sen. Mr Trump has begun an intensive campaign tour created to make the midterms a referendum on his presidency in the hope of maintaining swing seats.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Kavanaugh has denied the claim and others that later surfaced. One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

President Donald Trump's appointee wasted little time in getting down to business, asking his first question of a lawyer representing a defendant about 20 minutes into arguments concerning a federal criminal sentencing law. "100 percent. I don't want to get sued, so 99 percent". "This business of presidential harassment may or may not be quite the victor they think it is".

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.

But it was equally as noteworthy because one of the new law clerks was an African-American.

"She's certainly going to recover", McConnell said. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

McConnell wouldn't say whether the Senate would insist that Sessions' replacement would protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Grassley said the president has a right to do so.

The GOP leader downplayed the notion of a Senate that has become broken by deep partisanship and touted the accomplishments of this Congress as some of the most substantial ever. "We stood up to the mob", he said. "The public got mad at us and felt sympathy for President Clinton".

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