Grassley says Judiciary Committee wouldn't consider Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

Desiree Burns
October 10, 2018

Mr Trump has spent the past few days relishing Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation, which appeared in doubt as recently as last week after three women made sexual assault allegations against the nominee.

Brett Kavanaugh didn't buy a domain with his name in it. The move was significant for a number of reasons impossible to ignore, including the wave of women around the country who protested his nomination and confirmation over several women accusing him of sexual assault.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at a White House ceremonial swearing in ceremony of Kavanaugh.

While they may have gotten their base riled up, Democrats seem to have hurt themselves overall with their ruthless political machinations during Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process", the President continued.

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

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

Kavanaugh's wife and two daughters were in seats reserved for justices' guests, along with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. "That's another beauty. That's a beauty", Trump said. "Known as a judge's judge, he is fair-minded, unbiased, and even-handed person".

The bruising campaign to install Kavanaugh onto the court could leave a mark on his reputation and on public confidence in the institution, legal experts say. While Trump apologized on behalf of the nation for "the awful pain and suffering" Kavanaugh and his family had suffered and declared him "proven innocent", the new justice assured Americans that he would be fair and was taking the job with "no bitterness".

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Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell disagree on whether the GOP would try to confirm a Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year, something they prevented Democrats from doing in 2016.

The site was launched a day after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court after multiple women accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and harassment - including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party during high school.

The DCCC also says it raised $4.38 million from the end of September to October 5 - the day it was clear Kavanaugh had the votes to be confirmed. That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building.

He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who´s Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court. "My goal is to be a great justice for all Americans".

"I´ve always been told it´s the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

"It is a real danger that the partisan hostility that people see in the political branches will affect the nonpartisan activity of the judicial branch", he said.

Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration.

Justice Roberts said: "We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling".

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