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

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

Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late Monday gave the Trump administration a chance to perform the equivalent of a victory lap on live television.

ActBlue - an online fundraising platform for Democrats - raised almost $10 million on October 5 - the day the Senate held a procedural vote on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward - and another $9 million on October 6, the day the upper chamber formally confirmed him.

But Mr Trump, who last week publicly mocked Ford, continued to stoke political divisions at Monday's ceremony, saying Justice Kavanaugh had been the victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception".

Grassley said the controversy over Kavanaugh should not hurt the new justice's credibility on the court.

"I look back at 28 years of Thomas, and I sense absolutely no retribution or I haven't seen any change in the way the courts have operated", he said.

With justices seated by seniority, President Donald Trump's two appointees will flank the Supreme Court bench, Justice Neil Gorsuch at one end and Kavanaugh at the other.

After an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe-which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House-also found nothing new, Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post. Trump and other GOP leaders say the effort energized Republican voters, who had always been considered less energized than Democrats.

He claimed he was the first justice to have an all-female staff.




"Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly", Feinstein said.

Trump appeared to be in a good mood, fresh off the confirmation of Kavanaugh, but his lightheartedness turned darker when he spoke of Democrats and the stakes of the election. "It is not a partisan or political institution", he said. "No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge".

At the time, Republicans did not focus their arguments on the party that controls the Senate as they took the unprecedented move to deny Garland any hearings or votes, instead pointing to the proximity to the elections.

Protesters and demonstrations necessitated "extraordinary security measures" to protect the Senate, Supreme Court, the Kavanaugh family, he said. Kavanaugh will hear his first cases on Tuesday, when the court convenes at 10 a.m.

They point out he served for 12 years on the country's second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where he penned more than 300 opinions, many of which were upheld by the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh replaces Kennedy, a conservative jurist who often cast the deciding swing vote on ideologically divisive issues, upholding abortion and gay rights and the use of affirmative action aiding racial minorities in college admissions.

Then, just as his confirmation seemed inevitable, 11th-hour allegations emerged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl while at high school and exposed himself to a female classmate at an alcohol-fueled dorm party at Yale University.