Suze Orman: Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation is a 'devastating blow for women'

Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the high court in Washington ahead of his confirmation

Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the high court in Washington ahead of his confirmation

"On behalf of the nation, I'd like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", Trump said, acknowledging that his words were "unusual".

He described Kavanaugh as "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'.

One of the women accusing the judge of sexual misdemeanours, Prof Christine Blasey Ford, said Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982 when they were high school students.

Kavanaugh, who repeatedly denied Ford's allegation, was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday.

"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution", he told supporters after signing Kavanaugh's commission aboard Air Force One.

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But Democrats say the anger displayed by scores of protesters on Capitol Hill, many of them women, will have a long-term impact.

"The tactics that have been employed both by Judiciary Committee Democratic senators and by the virtual mob that's assaulted all of us in the course of this process, has turned our base on fire", said McConnell. "I think that after the dust settles on the night of [Nov.] 6th, I think that's where we start to evaluate".

Ms. Ness wrote Saturday after senators voted to confirm President Trump's nominee to the high court. Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh.

"Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, an important swing vote on Kavanaugh who ultimately supported him, said in an appearance on CNN's State of the Union aired on Sunday that she found Ford's testimony to be 'heart-wrenching, painful, compelling.' adding, 'I believe that she believes what she testified to'".

"By the early spring at the latest you'll be seeing debates, and I think probably in the first quarter of 2019", David Axelrod, a top adviser to former President Barack Obama, said on his recent podcast.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the final Senate vote that Kavanaugh's appointment had a "good impact" for Republicans. Every American can be assured that I will be an independent and impartial justice, devoted to equal justice under law.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accepted his nomination and was ceremonially sworn in to his position on the federal bench by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy at the White House on Monday.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.

Holder's bringing up Garland was also part of his point expressed in another tweet that emphasized that the concern over the process of selecting judges in the judicial system is more long term and not merely over what happened with Kavanaugh. "That's the only thing I remember, '" Trump said at the event, impersonating Ford.

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh because he is an outstanding person and I'm very honoured to have chosen him".

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