"If Justice Roberts sits on the complaints, then they will reside in a kind of purgatory and will never be adjudicated", said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers. "In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty".
According to the Associated Press, the lifting of the ban "is something of a reward to Iowa Sen".
McConnell says the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be", but says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated.
Kimmel had some choice words about Trump's performance during Monday's televised ceremony, especially when the president proclaimed that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" of Dr. Ford's assault allegation. Progressives fought hard against Kavanaugh's confirmation due to his originalist jurisprudence and because he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a "swing" vote in many 5-4 decisions. He denied all the allegations. The process was marred accusations of sexual assault and misconduct dredged up weeks before senators cast their votes. Fifty-nine percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of others agreed that the Senate handled it poorly.
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.
"Seriously, Hillary?" was the reaction of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded previous year when a shooter - who was a registered Democrat - targeted a Congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia.
The Alaska Republican Party is considering how it might reprimand Murkowski for her vote, but "leader" McConnell said Wednesday that there is no point in challenging Murkowski because "nobody's going to beat her".
DUP call Irish border plans a ‘disaster’ as summit looms
That could destroy relations between Mrs May and the DUP - which has warned it has a "blood red" line on the issue. A DUP source told Sky News: "It is unacceptable that we would be treated differently to the rest of the UK".
Crude oil prices may have peaked
The IMF, however, predicted Iran's economy will sink deep in the red due to renewed United States sanctions. Washington said on Friday it was considering waivers for nations that were reducing imports of Iranian oil.
International Monetary Fund cuts global growth forecasts
The IMF expects the USA economy to grow 2.9 per cent this year, the fastest pace since 2005 and unchanged from the July forecast. The IMF had earlier estimated that escalating tit-for-tat tariffs could lower global output by more than 0.8 per cent by 2020.
Kavanaugh was confirmed on a 50-48 vote.
His path to confirmation was turbulent - opposition to him intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago, when they were teenagers. Dianne Feinstein of California. In other words, did she leak it?
McConnell declined to weigh in on a possible replacement except to say he or she would not be coming from the ranks of his slim 51-seat Senate majority. "She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska".
Then an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new and Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.
Though Wake did not provide specific details about the uptick in sexual assault reports, she said Ford's testimony showed how hard it can be to report sexual misconduct.