He angrily predicted that would backfire on Democrats in midterm Congressional elections in November. The FBI probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh reportedly found no corroboration of the allegations against him but was criticized by Democrats for not being a full investigation. "If an opening comes in the past year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait till the next election", Graham said during an appearance at the Atlantic Festival in Washington.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received a standing ovation when he walked in.
"I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard", she told reporters of one of Kavanaugh's sexual assault accusers, Christine Blasey Ford. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Wednesday indicated that the battle over Kavanaugh's nomination had helped Republicans close the enthusiasm gap with Democrats, who are energized by Trump's surprise win in 2016.
Women also opposed Kavanaugh's nomination even before the sexual misconduct charges emerged, believing he will provide the deciding vote to weaken reproductive rights and perhaps overturn the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade, as well as affect such other issues as LGBTQ rights and women's economic stability.
"We live in this world where it's just the nine of us", Kagan said.
After an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new, Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.
"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said while in Florida. "That's the only thing I remember, '" Trump said at the event, impersonating Ford. But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House. Kasich appeared on CNN's State of the Union and Coons was on NBC's Meet the Press. Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh.
"Judge Kavanaugh has not behaved as a partisan on the DC Circuit and is among the most highly respected jurists in the country", Mahoney said.
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. GOP operatives say they're also seeing renewed Republican interest in states such as Wisconsin, where Democratic candidates for both Senate and governor have been polling strong.
Banks said Ford "knows" who assaulted her, disputing the idea popular among some Republicans that Ford was assaulted but had mistaken her assaulter's identity.