Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

McConnell: Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November

McConnell: Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November

"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.

"You have to go back to 1880 to find last time a Senate controlled by a different party from the president confirmed a Supreme Court justice to a vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election", McConnell said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday morning, turning to historical precedent. Federal judges can be impeached by a simple majority of the House, but actually removing Justice Kavanaugh from the bench would then require a two-thirds vote of the Senate - an extraordinarily unlikely scenario.

He added: "I think it's an insult to the American public".

Asked about reports that some Democrats might try to impeach Kavanaugh - who was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford when they both were teens - should they retake the House next month.

She said Kavanaugh is the first of six Supreme Court nominees who expressed the importance of precedent.

But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has inflamed political passions.

As protesters chanted "Shame!" and "November is coming!" police took several dozen demonstrators down the steps and put them in plastic flex-cuffs.

Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh had gathered on Saturday on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and.

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"We'd been trying to figure out how to get the base excited about this election, and nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight", Mr McConnell said in a phone interview before the Senate confirmed Mr Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote.

"It was a great vote, a very historic vote", Trump said.

Trump continued lashing out at Democrats when he rallied supporters in Topeka, telling them the opposition party conducted a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's confirmation had already been all but sealed Friday, when he won the support of key Senate Republican Susan Collins and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin.

"We need healing", Murkowski told reporters afterwards.

Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, described talk of impeaching the newly sworn-in justice "premature", and called instead for concentrating on the November election.

Kavanaugh's nomination seals a conservative majority on the nine-seat high court, possibly for decades to come.

"The Senate's not broken", McConnell said. She is the most moderate Republican in the Senate, and often votes against the GOP. "The country is badly polarised, and they elect people to represent them here who have the same point of view that they do", he said recently.

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