Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh, says he was 'proven innocent'


US President Donald Trump has said it is "an insult to the American public" for Democrats to consider impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and claimed the allegations made against him were a hoax.

But constituents in ME have told a different story since Collins' speech last Friday, in which she suggested that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford incorrectly remembered Kavanaugh as the person who assaulted her when the two were in high school and claimed the judge had displayed an appropriate temperament for a Supreme Court justice.

The near party-line Senate vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied.

With Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court, Republicans, long dispirited by Trump's string of scandals and the prospect of losing their congressional majorities, are whooping it up. He hailed the vote at a campaign rally later that night in Kansas where he told a crowd "I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution". "And now they want to impeach him". "I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said.

Trump's comments came two days after the Senate narrowly confirmed Kavanaugh for the high court.

Trump had originally called Ford's testimony credible but later changed his tune and mocked her for forgetting certain details. After reports broke out of her husband's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), Melania Trump did not travel with the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", Trump added.

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Trump will have an additional opportunity to celebrate the confirmation Monday evening when he and Kavanaugh participate in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House at 7:00 p.m.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who led the fight for Kavanaugh's confirmation and for other conservative judges to lower courts, called the effort "the most important thing that the Senate and an administration of like mind. could do for the country".

Kavanaugh said he was thankful for the "steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process".

His reference to Garland concerned former President Barack Obama's final Supreme Court nominee in March 2016, who was blocked from even having a hearing by Republican senators, The Hill reported. The main base of the Democrats has shifted so far left that we'll end up being Venezuela.

McConnell spoke to reporters in Louisville on Monday before traveling to Washington to attend a White House ceremony honoring the newly sworn-in Kavanagh.

"When I decided on Brett, I said he's flawless", Trump told the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando, Florida.

Joining Kavanaugh at the ceremony were many friends fellow legal professionals in Washington, as well as his parents and daughters.