WASHINGTON — Two days after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the nation’s next Supreme Court Justice, President Donald Trump is continuing to blast Democrats for the bitter confirmation process.
“I thought the way [Democrats] behaved was absolutely atrocious,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn Monday. “The way they really tortured him and his family, I thought it was a disgrace.”
Kavanaugh was nominated in July and, despite opposition from Democrats, appeared to be smoothly moving toward confirmation after a routine round of hearings in early September.
But after the initial confirmation hearings wrapped, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) publicly alluded to a letter from a constituent who chose to remain anonymous alleging wrongdoing by Kavanaugh.
It was followed by the author, California-based professor Christine Blasey Ford, coming forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teens.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied the charges as well as subsequent allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior that followed.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, sparking an emotional fight on Capitol Hill that at times seemed to threaten Kavanaugh’s ascension to the high court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Sept. 28 to move forward with the nomination after agreeing to have the FBI investigate Ford’s accusations, as well as those of Deborah Ramirez. She said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party while they were freshmen at Yale. The investigation was completed by Wednesday night and a report was delivered to Senate leaders and the White House early Thursday morning. Senators reviewed the report that day.
After the majority of potential swing votes ultimately sided with Kavanaugh in a final 50-48 vote on Saturday afternoon, the nominee was sworn in that day.
As he fielded questions from reporters Monday, Trump said the allegations were “fabricated” by Democrats and the accuser’s legal teams as part of a “hoax.”
He also mentioned the prospect of Democrats seeking to impeach Kavanaugh, a move that has been discussed in progressive circles, but hasn’t been seriously touted among Senate Democrats.
“Now they’re thinking about impeaching a brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong,” Trump said. “I think it’s an insult to the American public.”
Trump suggested that the ordeal surrounding his nominee could boost Republicans in November’s midterm elections.
“I think a lot of Democrats are going to be voting Republican on November 6,” Trump said.
The president left Washington for Orlando, Florida, where he will deliver remarks before the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual convention.
After he returns, Trump is scheduled to host an on-camera, purely ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House Monday evening.