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The US president said Mr Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", adding: "It was all made up, it was fabricated, and it's a disgrace". And pundits presumed POTUS meant to take a victory lap after his nominee got the Senate's stamp of approval by a slim 50-48 margin following a very divisive confirmation battle, in which Kavanaugh faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations, but especially that he had sexually assaulted Ford when he was in high school.

Kavanaugh gave a forceful, emotional denial of those allegations during testimony before lawmakers that some Democrats said showed a lack of judicial temperament.

(An allegation, it should be said, that was disproven by reporters on the ground.) The following day, after the judge's confirmation, he spoke for American women, saying they were "outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh".

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress in November - angrily predicted that the Mr Kavanaugh row would backfire on Democrats.

First Lady Melania Trump will not attend Monday night's swearing-in ceremony, her spokesperson told CBS News.

The televised event was held in the East Room.

Liberal-leaning voters failed to show up-again-and Republicans took control of the US Senate, too. Only one Democrat voted for Trump's nominee.

All eight Supreme Court justices attended the reception, along with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people that are evil".

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Mourinho added: "As a friend of mine was saying to me this morning, if tomorrow rains in London it's my fault". I think, to be honest with you, I'm furious.

Without mentioning the sexual assault allegations, he touted his record of promoting women - and the fact he has become the first justice to have an all-female staff.

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen.

"The Supreme Court is an institution of law".

"False charges. False accusations", the president said at a convention for police chiefs in Orlando.

Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was welcomed at the White House with a standing ovation, on Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings.

"It was very, very unfair what happened to him", the president said.


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