McConnell now open to high court nomination in election year

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

A formal ceremony will be held in Kavanaugh's honor at 7 p.m. on Monday at the White House, according to the Washington Examiner.

Grisham did not immediately respond to a follow-up question on what the first lady's prior commitment was. Trump also said any effort to impeach the Supreme Court judge, Kavanaugh, would be an insult to the American people. Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh.

Trump had once said he found her testimony credible.

"In the last week, we've had over 400 new volunteers sign up to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot", said Christina Polizzi, a state party spokeswoman. "I'm against any kind of abuse or violence". She testified under oath but Kavanaugh denied these claims, putting the pressure on USA senators to decide if he was qualified for the job.

Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice 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.

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Melania Trump has backed her husband's decisions but not on all occasions, she explained during a rare conversation with reporters from Egypt.

"It was very, very unfair what happened to him", the president said. "Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and my own opinions, and it's very important that I express what I feel". There is evidence that independent voters, especially women, in the suburbs have struggled with supporting Trump as president.

"She herself said she spoke to so many survivors from her state and elsewhere", Hirono said.

Hirono also said Sunday that her party should focus on the upcoming elections "like a laser beam" despite calls from some progressives to impeach Kavanaugh if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday, earning 50 "yes" votes - the fewest for any Supreme Court justice in the modern era. And even before the Kavanaugh controversy, the Senate race there was among a handful of close contests that could decide whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they have a 51-49 majority.

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But Republican operatives say internal polling now shows Kavanaugh's acrimonious confirmation has given the party a much-needed boost, with GOP voters viewing Democrats as overzealous partisans following the public testimony by Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of trying to rape her while they were both in high school. "Not only the tactics of the Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, but then those who literally have our members under assault. That's the only thing I remember, '" Trump said at the event, impersonating Ford.

Republican President Rutherford Hayes' nominee William Woods was confirmed 39-8 by a Democrat-controlled Senate in 1880.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not ruling out a third Supreme Court seat being filled by President Donald Trump - even if a vacancy does not open up until 2020.

"This wasn't going to get any better", McConnell said. All four are women, a first in the Supreme Court's history.

McConnell has cast Kavanaugh's opponents, many of whom protested in the halls of the Senate and yelled at lawmakers, as "the mob".

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