George W. Bush made several calls reassuring Collins about Kavanaugh

08 October, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Brandon  The Associated Press

Mira Sorvino, one of the actresses to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment - which he denies, expressed her fears Mr Kavanaugh will help protect the president from any potential legal action.

This week on 60 Minutes, in an interview filmed just prior to her vote, Collins tells Pelley that, when she heard the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, she had some doubt about the nominee.

He was referring to his Senate's refusal to hold hearings for former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick in 2016, and drawing a contrast between that and the sexual assault allegations and subsequent investigation brought against Kavanaugh. By holding back Ford's accusations until shortly before the Kavanaugh hearings, they engaged in party politics as well and, at least theoretically, prevented Republicans from withdrawing Kavanaugh early enough to field another candidate.

Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One what message he had for women across the country who feel the nomination sends a message that their allegations of sexual assault aren't believed, Trump disagreed with the premise, saying women "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh" and "were in many ways stronger than the men in his favour".

The Republican leader said he was talking with political strategists a day before Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh and they told him voters were more excited by the court fight than by any other issues. Demonstrators stormed the doors of the Supreme Court building even as he was being sworn in for an appointment that will last for his lifetime.

US President Donald Trump said he was looking forward to a Senate confirmation vote on his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday and said the conservative judge would do a "great, great" job on the court.

"Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".

She also said after an event in Norridgewock on Sunday that the response of Mainers has been "overwhelmingly positive:" "Many people have thanked me for my vote and have said that they were very pleased that I did the right thing".

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Senators reassessed Kavanaugh's 50-48 confirmation vote on political shows Sunday morning - and the controversy continued.

"I did not try to weigh a political calculus to this decision", she said.

She demurred, but then added: "I'm focused like a laser beam on the elections".

Trump has long said one of his top goals is to re-make the Supreme Court, and he has now installed two new justices on the nine-member panel.

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. The Senate leader claimed the vacancy shouldn't be filled in the months leading up to a presidential election. Kavanaugh is now Trump's second nominee to be seated on the high court, and the Senate has approved more circuit court judges this session of Congress than any other.

"I certainly believe Dr. Ford".

The New York Democrat also blasted the "biased, unfair" confirmation process and urged Americans to vote.

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.

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