Trump says allegations against Kavanaugh 'hoax'

Donald Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as SC Judge amid protests

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Justice of the US Supreme Court

Kavanaugh won confirmation on a 50-48 vote on nearly a party-line vote, with almost all Republicans supporting him and all but one Democrat opposing him.

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats gave a global platform 11 days ago to Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of forcibly groping her and trying to undress her when they were both teenagers. Accusations from other women followed, none corroborated.

The confirmation of Kavanaugh despite multiple sexual assault allegations enraged activists. In a frequently-shouted sworn statement of his own, he decried the Senate for putting his nomination in jeopardy.

President Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House in Washington on Monday.

Democrats argue that some of the same tactics that have helped energize Republican voters also motivate their base, particularly Trump's attacks on Ford.

With one confirmation just ended, Senator McConnell also signalled he was willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise.

Congress' decision to zero out the penalty prompted 20 GOP-led states to file a lawsuit claiming Congress, in effect, invalidated the entire Obamacare program, since the government wouldn't be collecting new revenue from the mandate.

That accuser, Julie Swetnick, alleged that at house parties in the early 1980s, she observed Kavanaugh "fondling and grabbing girls without their consent" and, along with others, spiking drinks to force girls to lose their inhibitions.

In Connecticut, Murphy - who had $8.5 million in his campaign war chest to start the third quarter - is putting his vast fundraising network to work for fellow Democrats in the Senate such as Missouri's Claire McCaskill and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, who aren't almost as secure as him. That's the state Trump won by 36 percentage points against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "A total coward." The Arizona Republican, who is retiring, voted for Kavanaugh.

Debra Katz, one of Ford's attorneys, told NBC News on Sunday that it would be "quite some time" before Ford and her family could return home. "It's a frightful attack that nobody should have to go through", he said.

Now it's a four-week race to tell the story. "A brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers, and now they want to impeach him".

This week alone, he's expected to hold rallies in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", the president said, adding: "I have many friends that are Democrats".

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) speaks with reporters on the way to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2018.

When Bash asked if he was "happy" about Kavanaugh's confirmation, Kasich replied, "it's not about a matter of happy". Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Democrats were coy about their latest fundraising totals, which won't become fully available to the public until the end of October.

Republicans, however, may benefit most in the short term.

The Democratic candidates in Florida, Georgia and Maryland are seeking to be the first black governors there. "I had never been more [angry] in my life". Susan Collins, had already given Kavanaugh the final vote he needed. Democratic lawmakers, like Booker, are hoping to channel that anger into votes.

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