Eric Holder Questions Legitimacy of Supreme Court

Frederick Owens
October 9, 2018

President Trump on Monday ripped Democrats for talk of impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over allegations he committed perjury during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", Trump said as he left the White House for a trip to Florida.

Avenatti is carrying on his own dalliance - with the prospect of running for president in 2020 - but some Republicans believe his attachment to the most implausible allegations against Kavanaugh tainted the more credible ones.

"On behalf of the nation, I'd like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", Trump said, acknowledging that his words were "unusual". Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump signed Kavanaugh's commission later Saturday, with Chief Justice John Roberts swearing in the new justice Saturday night.

Nevertheless, the US President made a decision to hold ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for him at the White House, as he continues to celebrate the successful confirmation of his second Supreme Court nominee in less than two years.

Kavanaugh won confirmation on a 50-48 vote on nearly a party-line vote, with almost all Republicans supporting him and all but one Democrat opposing him.

Even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, some Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's truthfulness during his initial Senate confirmation hearing. Women also now make up the majority of Supreme Court law clerks for the first time in the court's history. If this sounds quite familiar by now, the Senate race is showing a sharp contrast - Trump's party has a 7 in 9 chance of taking the Senate and this late surge has gained on the Kavanaugh controversy.

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"'I don't know. I don't know".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who led the fight for Kavanaugh's confirmation and for other conservative judges to lower courts, called the effort "the most important thing that the Senate and an administration of like mind. could do for the country". "He's a flawless person".

Ford originally hesitated to put her name to the allegations, telling The Washington Post she feared upending her life while leaving Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process unaffected.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".

Nonetheless, in America, once contentious and hard-fought debates are over, we need to come together again-both as a nation, and in terms of our political process.

"He's going to be a great Supreme Court justice - watch", he said. "I still think that it gives us a lot of enthusiasm on our side because there are a lot of people out there that are really upset, not just with the testimony that came from Judge Kavanaugh but the way the president was even mocking (Ford) days ago".

McConnell spoke to reporters in Louisville on Monday before traveling to Washington to attend a White House ceremony honoring the newly sworn-in Kavanagh.

But Monday marked the first time Trump has assigned a motive to Democrats or suggested the claims of any of Kavanaugh's accusers were intentional fiction.

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