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Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’

09 October 2018

At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he'd been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through American politics.

Mr Kavanaugh also became emotional during his testimony in front of the Senate a fortnight ago as he denied Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations.

As Collins refused to indicate how she would vote after Kavanaugh's nomination was announced on July 9, after her colleagues expressed grave concerns that he had lied under oath, and after the allegations came out, Mainers were among the 122,000 people who made small donations to a fundraiser, that pledged to give all of the contributions to Collins' Democratic opponent in 2020.

To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it a "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official.

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said while in Florida. 'The things they said about him!

Ford addressed the harassment against her in prepared remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she said: "My family and I have been the target of constant harassment and death threats".

Ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections, Mr Trump added: "I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on 6 November that would not have happened before".

The handling of Garland's nomination has been a source of ire for Democrats for two years - anger amplified by the GOP's confirmation of two Supreme Court justices under Trump.

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Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed a report on sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Kavanaugh - but the findings have not been released to the public.

"The way they (Democrats) behaved was absolutely atrocious.the way they conducted themselves, the way they dealt with a high-level, brilliant, going to be a great justice of the Supreme Court, the way they really tortured him and his was a was one of the most disgraceful performances I have ever seen", the President said.

Trump swore in Kavanaugh Saturday as the nation's 114th member of the Supreme Court after a savage battle that splintered the Senate and riveted the country. After reports broke out of her husband's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), Melania Trump did not travel with the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on November 6 that would not have happened before", he said. Every American can be assured that I will be an independent and impartial justice, devoted to equal justice under law.

Trump suggested that the US public will respond to the drama that ensnared Kavanaugh's confirmation process by changing how they vote in November's elections.

In early 2016, McConnell refused to set hearings for President Barack Obama's last nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, saying the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia should be filled by the victor of that year's election.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room. Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Capitol Hill as Kavanaugh was sworn in.

Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’