Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout

Mr Trump has defended his pick again

Mr Trump has defended his pick again

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Saturday and will take part at a second ceremony at the White House later.

Kavanaugh asked several questions during lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders, three days after being confirmed by the Republican-led Senate despite being accused of sexual assault. Republicans said at the time that the Senate should wait until a new president was elected to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The poll was taken October 4-7. Heading into the November midterms, the party is defending its House and Senate majorities.

"It is very hard I think for a member of the public to look at what goes on in confirmation hearings these days, which is a very sharp conflict in political terms between Democrats and Republicans, and not think that the person who comes out of that process must similarly share that partisan view of public issues and public life".

"It's a great frustration", he said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the panel will not consider any Supreme Court nominees from President Donald Trump during the 2020 election year.

The all-male line-up on the Republican side drew attention during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. He denied all the allegations.

There was a stark difference between the sexes, with 63 percent of women saying they would vote Democrat, and only 33 percent said they would vote Republican.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who gave evidence to senators that Mr Kavanaugh, then aged 17, sexually assaulted her when she was aged 15 in Maryland in 1982, has been unable to return home because of "unending death threats", according to her lawyer. But the Democrats' outrageous antics in the Kavanaugh fight have awakened a sleeping Republican giant.

"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace", he said.

McConnell said he doesn't agree and pointed to the fact that Murkowski had won re-election as a write-in candidate in 2010.

The GOP leader also split from Trump to defend Democratic Sen.

McConnell responded, "I'm not changing anything".

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he told the police audience.

The president and his fellow Republicans are hoping the confirmation of the 53-year-old conservative jurist will energize their supporters in the midterm voting when political control of Congress is at stake.

"I think it'll help the president get re-elected", he said.

McConnell added that "this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is".

Mr Kavanaugh, acknowledging the "contentious and emotional" fight over his confirmation, said he had "no bitterness" and promised to "always be a team player on the team of nine".

The Politico/Morning Consult poll also found 48 percent of Americans would vote for a Democrat if their congressional election were held today, while just 38 percent would elect a Republican.

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