Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Wednesday that if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives and start investigating President Donald Trump, it could backfire on the party and create a political advantage for the President. Some even speculated anger over Democrats' treatment of Kavanaugh would spur GOP voters even more.
Many distinguished justices have become legends on the Supreme Court, such as Justice Joe Kennedy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Chief Justice John Roberts.
McConnell praised Republicans for holding firm in the face of protests.
"That process is over", Kavanaugh continued, "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be".
Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday over the widespread objections of women across the country - and one of his first actions was to install an all-female staff.
"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said, addressing the bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination that became a firestorm after the emergence of sexual misconduct allegations, which Kavanaugh emphatically denied.
Kavanaugh was Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body, following conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.
"One key facet of the independence of the judiciary is not to make commitments on particular cases", including on recusal, Kavanaugh told Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.
And the American Bar Association has reopened its evaluation of Justice Kavanaugh's temperament. Kagan had served as Obama's top Supreme Court advocate when the law was enacted in 2010 but said she played no role in its conception. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.More news: Trump calls 'loco' Federal Reserve 'too aggressive': Fox interview
When complaints were filed in late September and early October, Henderson dismissed some but concluded that others were substantive enough to refer to another judicial panel for investigation.
On Saturday, Kavanaugh was confirmed as a US Supreme Court Justice after a narrow 50-48 vote in his favour in the Senate, bringing to a close the most divisive high court confirmation battle since the 1990s.
Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act.
"I think it'll help the president get re-elected", he said.
"You have to look at the events that are happening in Washington, D.C., and the efforts of President Trump as a scale, and there are lots of positives in the minds of Utahns, including the Supreme Court and the economy".
Tymkovich is a George W. Bush appointee who is on Trump's Supreme Court short list. CNN anchor Jim Sciutto implied as much last week when dismissed the personal attacks against Kavanaugh as nothing more than "politics". The Senate now has 42 judicial nominees in the queue for floor votes, with nine more slated for Thursday consideration by the Judiciary panel.
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. Manweller, who was sacked from his professor position at Central Washington University in August following an outside investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct, has denied the allegations but has said he will finish his term but not serve another if re-elected next month.