Susan Collins of ME was among the senators who new Justice Brett Kavanaugh singled out for "special gratitude" Monday evening during his ceremonial swearing in to the Supreme Court at the White House. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
President Donald Trump has said Alaskans "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" politically. "The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle". We do not caucus in separate rooms.
Mr Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.
Democrats, Trump said, "tortured him (Kavanaugh) and his family".
Trump said a man or woman in this country "must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty".
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.
Mr Kavanaugh went through a bruising confirmation process in the US Senate, where questions were also raised over his partisan rhetoric.
But on Monday, McConnell cited a different calculus, telling reporters in Louisville that opposition parties in control of the Senate do not traditionally confirm high court nominees during presidential election years.
Kavanaugh is getting off to a swift start.
And yet, it's quite plausible that installing a historically unpopular Supreme Court justice - whom most Americans regard as a sex offender - was, nonetheless, a political win for the GOP.
Fox News' Harris Faulkner asked McDaniel for her thoughts on a recent CNN poll that showed 58 percent of Americans disapproved of the way Democrats handled the Kavanaugh nomination, with only 30 percent approving.
At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats' attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court "a national embarrassment, a national disgrace", without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982.
Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be.
Roberts addressed that issue in 2017, in remarks at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ahead of the USA mid-term elections, Mr Trump added: "I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on 6 November that would not have happened before".