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Mr Trump has defended his pick again

Image Mr Trump has defended his pick again

He says that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".

The left's use of uncorroborated sexual assault allegations to block Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court, Trump said, violated "every notion of fairness, decency and due process".

Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court case involved arguments over the federal criminal sentencing law and came hours after Trump staged a ceremonial swearing-in for Kavanaugh at the White House. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle. The jurist had already been officially sworn in Saturday soon after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm his appointment.

President Trump played to a crowd of thousands at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs Tuesday night with a campaign-style rally to fan the party fires and drive GOP voters to the polls. The President's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonising political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 7-8, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports.

Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.

While liberal activists have called for the impeachment of Kavanaugh, many Democratic legislators have tried to tamp down such talk in recent days.

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Speaking before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the White House south lawn, Trump predicted the attack on Kavanaugh would cost the opposition party in next month's nationwide congressional elections. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn) for the initial public disclosure of a woman's sexual assault accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters.

He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation. Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 82-year-old jurist who Kavanaugh replaced, was in the courtroom, as were members of the new justice's family.

"If I'm chairman, they won't take it up, no", Grassley replied when asked if he would take up the confirmation of a new justice to the nation's high court should a spot be vacant.

Kavanaugh says all four of the clerks who will work for him at the high court are women.

"The Trump Administration is rewriting the rules on guaranteed health care protections that millions of Americans depend on", said Baldwin, who's up for re-election this year in a state President Donald Trump won in 2016, in a statement. They took their oaths at the court in ceremonies that were televised live.

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