Samantha Ness, called for killing Justice Kavanaugh, now on paid leave

Protesters in Time Square in New York City on Saturday

Protesters in Time Square in New York City on Saturday

Vox: "Susan Collins says she doesn't think Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant" - "Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, some Republicans seem to feel freer saying what they really think about the sexual assault allegations against him brought by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford: They don't believe them".

Boarding the Marine One helicopter at the White House ahead of a trip to Florida, he branded the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail Kavanaugh's path to the top court "a hoax" and "all made up, fabricated".

Last week, Trump angered both Democrats and Republicans by mocking Christine Blasey Ford, who in testimony accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. She testified under oath but Kavanaugh denied these claims, putting the pressure on USA senators to decide if he was qualified for the job.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", he said at the ceremony in the ornate White House East Room.

"I think that's premature", Senator Christopher A. Coons, a member of the Senate judiciary committee, said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Kavanaugh, whose nomination was hit by multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him from his past, replaces Kennedy who had announced his resignation early this year. Women also now make up the majority of Supreme Court law clerks for the first time in the court's history.

Trump noted that Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, was in the East Room audience at the White House, along with his two daughters Liza and Margaret.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the final Senate vote that Kavanaugh's appointment had a "good impact" for Republicans.

Banks said Ford "knows" who assaulted her, disputing the idea popular among some Republicans that Ford was assaulted but had mistaken her assaulter's identity. "He's a flawless person".

"I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on November 6th that would not have happened before", Trump said. "The best student, the best scholar, the great intellect, incredible record over many years".

He said the "tactics" of the opposition "were very helpful, to me, in unifying our side". On Monday, he called the situation a disgrace.

In 2016, McConnell threw down the gauntlet shortly after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February.

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.

Saturday's Senate vote was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881. "The main base of the Democrats have shifted so far left that we'll end up being Venezuela".

The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

When Sen. Susan Collins announced, on Friday, October 5, that she would be voting "yes" on Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, the four-term senator from ME went out of her way to convince Kavanaugh's detractors that he wasn't almost the far-right extremist they thought he was.

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