Trump apologises to Kavanaugh over 'lies'

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

"We are in the middle of a national emergency", declared an open letter as students of at least a dozen U.S. law schools walked out of class on Wednesday afternoon to launch a three-day strike calling for the impeachment of recently confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic said Brett Kavanaugh would be "changing the law of the land" for the next 20 years as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

It also suggests the tumultuous battle over his nomination could harm the court's reputation as the nonpartisan branch of government.

"Trump and McConnell are confirming conservative judges at a breakneck pace in what's sure to be Trump's most enduring legacy", said Brian Fallon, who worked for Hillary Clinton and the Obama Justice Department, and has tried to spur Democrats to fight harder to block President Trump's nominees.

Republicans say the fight over Kavanaugh has given them a boost, especially in key Senate races in states President Donald Trump won in 2016.

Women's March Chicago said in a statement that it was targeting the "anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Republican party".

"Through his presiding role in the court's conferences and his assignment of court opinions, he might redouble his efforts to find compromises that avoid party-line votes in cases", they wrote. Numerous nine toss-up seats were leaning Democrat.

Kavanaugh, whose bid to join the top USA court almost failed after a California professor accused him of assaulting her when they were in high school, said he would enter his new job without bitterness despite a political fight that he told lawmakers had destroyed his family and his name.

Democratic leaders also recognized the risk that a deal that put more conservatives on the bench could anger and dispirit their base voters.

Kavanaugh promised to be a "impartial" judge and a "team player" during his ceremonial swearing-in at the White House late Monday.

Alaska Sen. Murkowski was the only Republican who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to a full roll call, and she voted "present" on the final tally.

"There is a group of voters, older women that have been a pretty good support group for Republicans, and they are starting to turn on Republicans and I think they may be the deciding factor in this election", he said. While it's unclear how many of those picks McConnell plans to seek a pre-election deal on with Schumer, the Kentucky Republican has underscored that he intends to follow his victory on Kavanaugh with more judicial confirmations before the midterms.

Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative jurists. He jumped in with his first question after most of the other justices had spoken. Among independents, 47 percent disagree with the Senate's decision to confirm Kavanaugh while only 34 percent believe the Senate was correct. More than 3 in 4 Democrats (77 percent) say they are "very motivated" to turn out and vote in the midterms - more than the 68 percent of Republicans who say they're "very motivated".

And now it's time for the squishy, pussy Republicans in the Senate to make the Democrats, who caused all of this injury to America and to the Kavanaugh family, pay for their lies and perjured testimonies.

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone October 8-11, 2018, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,144 adults, with 65 percent reached on cell phones and 35 percent on landlines. The margin of sampling error for both the results overall and the sample registered voters of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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