McConnell now open to high court nomination in election year

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Democrats, Trump said, "tortured him (Kavanaugh) and his family".

President Trump said allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh were "all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace".

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

Kavanaugh's nomination boosted an already overheated role for Democratic female voters, particularly decadesold sexual assault allegations that fit into the #MeToo movement and the judge's conservative legal approach that legal experts expect to chip away at access to abortion.

Two years after Barack Obama won the presidency, so many liberal-leaning voters failed to show up during the midterm elections that Republicans took control of the US House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leaving the door open to taking up a nomination to the Supreme Court if a seat becomes vacant in the 2020 presidential election season.

Democrats are pointing to the Republicans' handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation as one more reason to oppose the president who nominated him and mocked Ford.

The swearing in of Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court judge comes after weeks of bitterly fought battle between the ruling Republican and the opposition Democratic parties.

Ford originally hesitated to put her name to the allegations, telling The Washington Post she feared upending her life while leaving Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process unaffected.

Even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, some Democrats questioned Kavanaugh's truthfulness during his initial Senate confirmation hearing. "Pursuant with the data practices act, we are limited to providing additional information regarding this matter", Zuzek said in a statement.

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks during his ceremonial public swearing-in as U.S. President Donald Trump and Kavanaugh's wife Ashley and daughters Liza and Margaret, and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy look on in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2018.

To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it a "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official. "That's the only thing I remember, '" Trump said at the event, impersonating Ford. "I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable".

"Judge Kavanaugh's emotional, politically charged and combative defense on September 27 that followed Dr. Ford's appearance was enough to reassure most of the Senate GOP caucus, but it wasn't enough to secure his confirmation".

"Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote", said Sen.

He did not cite "tradition going back to the 1880s" but noted that Joe Biden, when he was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1992, said action on a Supreme Court nominee should be postponed until after an election "once the political season is underway". Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building.

Under tremendous political pressure, Trump ordered a last-minute Federal Bureau of Investigation supplemental inquiry.

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

"I would guess that there are justices who were genuinely shocked at how partisan his remarks were", Dellinger said.

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