Brett Kavanaugh, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins: Broadsheet October 8

Democrat Senator Joe Manchin speaks about his recent vote in the Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh Sunday Oct. 7 2018 at IHOP Charleston

AP Democratic Senator Joe Manchin spoke about his recent vote in the Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh at an IHOP in Charleston W. Va. on Sunday

Richland Democrat Mia McLeod shared the story in an email to supporters on Monday, two days after Kavanaugh was narrowly named to the nation's highest court despite allegations of sexual assault leveled against him.

But Monday marked the first time Trump has assigned a motive to Democrats or suggested the claims of any of Kavanaugh's accusers were intentional fiction.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nail-biting votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct when he was a high school and college student.

Ms. Collins bucked vocal pressure from progressive groups and voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh over the weekend.

The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke a year ago during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden. However, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan did not offer remarks during their respective swearing-in ceremonies, opting, instead, to speak at receptions with then-President Barack Obama regarding their appointments.

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court fired the starting pistol for the final sprint to Election Day in the United States, with control of the House and Senate at stake. The... Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, who became one of Kavanaugh's staunchest defenders during the confirmation process. Harassing members at their homes, crowding the halls with people acting horribly, the effort to humiliate us really helped me unify my conference.

"We were standing up for the presumption of innocence in this country", he said, "and secondly, we were literally under assault".

"Think about it, there's no chance that an opposition party in control of the Senate is going to fill a Supreme Court vacancy occurring in the middle of a presidential election year, and that's why it hasn't happened since the 1880's", the leader said, which differs from the original argument he cited for refusing to give Garland a Senate hearing and vote.

Which brings me to the second "no" - no more talk of impeaching Trump.

But when asked on Sunday, McConnell pointed to history and precedent.

White House officials now say they view the speech as a turning point that changed the momentum as it appeared Kavanaugh's nomination was at risk. Yet Mr Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

Accusations from several women remain under scrutiny, and House Democrats have pledged further investigation if they win the majority in November. Retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins holds the seat, and Democrats hope to flip it. "I think, frankly, we are just less than a month away from an election".

In a Fox News interview the night before the full Senate vote, McConnell repeatedly called the protestors a "mob", saying they "stood up to the mob" and that they "relearned" the lesson that "you should not allow mobs to intimidate you".

"I will tell you, had we not succeeded, the president and I fully meant to fill the seat before the end of the year", McConnell said.

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