GOP ramps up election-season warning of 'toxic' Dem tactics

Brett Kavanaugh with his D.C. Circuit law clerks from 2014 to 2015

Brett Kavanaugh with his D.C. Circuit law clerks from 2014 to 2015 Uncredited AP

When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was running for office, the republicans used the argument of President Bill Clinton's affair as a continual weapon against Secretary Clinton.

Hours after he was confirmed as the 114 Justice Kavanaugh went to the Supreme Court building with his family where he was sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

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".

Thirty-eight percent opposed the now-associate justice whose hearings were marred by allegations of sexual misconduct by three women and whose confirmation came with the lowest margin in modern Senate history.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said at the jurist's White House swearing-in ceremony.

The allegations against the nominee were "all made up, it was fabricated and it was a disgrace", Mr Trump said.

People familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity say the allegations had already been widely discussed in the Senate and in the public realm.

Immediately following Prof Christine Blasey Ford's testimony last month about her alleged assault to the Senate, Mr Trump called her a "compelling" witness.

He also rejected any comparison between those protesters and the conservative Tea Party activists who protested the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act or the raucous crowds that chant "lock her up" and jeer at reporters at many of Trump's own campaign rallies.

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Facing the prospect of a tough midterm election that could sway control of the House, McConnell warned that Democrats will pay a political price if they win and then use their majority to dig into investigating Trump next year. Kavanaugh pointed to his record of hiring female law clerks to defend his respect of women, noting that of the law clerks he had provisionally hired to work for him on the Supreme Court, "all four are women".

He took his seat at the right end of the mahogany bench in the ornate courtroom - the location assigned to the court's juniormost member - and wore traditional black robes like the other justices.

Democrats say the Kavanaugh fight was equally energizing for their voters and for women in particular.

"It's deplorable. It's been very frightening". West Virginia's Joe Manchin was the only Democratic Senator to vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation while Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted present and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was not present for the vote since he was at his daughter's wedding.

A handful of Democratic lawmakers, including congressmen Luis Gutierrez of IL and Ted Lieu of California, have pressed for Justice Kavanaugh's removal. "We are not about impeachment".

"Look, if they want to take away people's health insurance and that's what they're campaigning on for the next several weeks, I think it's a losing strategy", said Gardner, who heads the Senate GOP's campaign organization. "Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate".

The justices privately made the decision to reject the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation, and announced the action on Tuesday.

Samuel Chase in 1804 was the only justice to be impeached by the House.

The second, filed September 27, claims Kavanaugh violated the judiciary's code of conduct by 'engaging in a public and partisan campaign of lies to cover-up and hide sexual misconduct and crimes he committed in the past'.

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