Monday, 22 October, 2018

Trump calls Kavanaugh sexual assault claims a hoax

Donald Trump swears in Brett Kavanaugh, says sexual assault allegations were a 'hoax' - Donald Trump's America Trump calls Kavanaugh sexual assault claims a hoax
Glenn Montgomery | 10 October, 2018, 09:31

House Democrats' lead in the generic congressional ballot has slightly increased in the wake of the bombshell hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to a newly released survey from CNN - numbers that conflict with some other recent polling and push back on the narrative that the Kavanaugh hearings were a political win for the GOP.

Also in attendance was his predecessor, the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh said, "Every American can be assured that I will be an independent and impartial justice".

Kavanaugh could not be impeached on the grounds of the accusation by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault 36 years ago, because it pertains to alleged actions as a private citizen, Dershowitz explained in an interview with Fox News.

It's going to be "on" for opponents of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for at least through the midterms, and probably all the way to 2020.

Independent court analysts, however, predict Kavanaugh is likely to concur with more conservative interpretations of the law, giving a solid 5-4 ideological edge on the court to those who lean to the right.

That will set off more hysteria over Kavanaugh's confirmation, but it's meaningless. He's now Justice Kavanaugh, but that doesn't mean the Democrats are done with him.

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.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy.

Speaking after his swearing in, Judge Kavanaugh agreed that the process had been "contentious and emotional", adding: "That process is over".

President Trump has praised his US Supreme Court pick.

Seated on the far right end of the bench, Kavanaugh listened alongside his eight colleagues to Stokeling v.

Kavanaugh asked questions of both sides in arguments over increased prison sentences for repeat offenders.

"I give special gratitude to senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin, John Kyl and Lindsey Graham. The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player". "And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said. The new justice's four clerks all are women, the first time that has happened. They included a case about a potential habitat for an endangered frog and another about an Alabama death row inmate whose lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because dementia has left him unable to remember his crime.

"For as long as Kavanaugh sits on the court, he will remain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power", Yale law professor Robert Post wrote in Politico.

The justices privately made the decision not to hear the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation. "The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".

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