Battle won, Brett Kavanaugh gets down to business

Pres. Trump Hosts Ceremonial Swearing-in For Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

"He's trying to carry out his platform", Grassley said. "Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception".

Asked if he considered the crowd at Trump's rally also a mob, McConnell said: "I'm not interested in talking about tweets or what people may say at rallies".

"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace", he said.

Democrats had fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh´s candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened.

Heading into the November midterms, the GOP is defending its House and Senate majorities.

He recalled how Republicans were enthusiastic about going after President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. They included a case about a potential habitat for an endangered frog and another about an Alabama death row inmate whose lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because dementia has left him unable to remember his crime.

McConnell says 'It worked exactly the opposite.

McConnell added that "this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is".

Both Republicans and Democrats are reporting a massive fundraising surge in the past few weeks as a result of the bitter and contentious confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - but Republicans seem to have the edge. "We've always had that", though in general "it clearly is wider than it used to be".

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Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans are more likely to vote because of the Kavanaugh controversy, compared to 54% of Democrats and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major political party. He had denied her allegation.

"Seriously, Hillary?" was the reaction of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded a year ago when a shooter - who was a registered Democrat - targeted a Congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia.

Ultimately, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48.

The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

McConnell said he found Christine Blasey Ford's account of her sexual assault "convincing" but noted that there had been no corroboration that her assailant was Kavanaugh. Other Republican senators and President Donald Trump have suggested Feinstein's office is responsible for leaking Ford's story.

Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that "nobody's going to beat" Alaska Sen. Appointed by President Donald Trump, Kavanaugh's confirmation cemented a conservative majority on the court that could last for years.

A spokesperson at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works on House races, said it saw a 418 percent increase in online donations in the first week of October - when Kavanaugh was undergoing an FBI investigation - compared to the first week of September. "She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska".

She continued, "Everytime she reads the letter, and each time someone adds their name to it, she should remember that we heard her, we saw her and we believe her". She voted "present" in the actual confirmation vote.

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