Donald Trump says Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault claims were a 'hoax'

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Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL said Thursday that his response to GOP accusations of Democratic mob tactics "is to say three words: 'Lock her up'".

Even before the confirmation, Kavanaugh's opponents had a comeback line, printed on the back of jackets they wore to the Capitol: "November is coming". "Unfortunately, the House has only been in session for 10 days since the beginning of August, while the Senate has been working hard - a telling statistic about the politics and work ethic in the House this year". Jon Tester of Montana, a state Trump won by more than 20 points, was asked if he thought McConnell was playing hardball with the nominations to keep him in DC.

Democrats say Trump's rhetoric since launching his 2016 campaign has been provocative, pugnacious and at times racist.

Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative jurists. They said that even if they had remained in Washington to slow the confirmation process, Republicans would still have been able to process all the judges by early November.

Democratic leaders also recognized the risk that a deal that put more conservatives on the bench could anger and dispirit their base voters.

Fresh off the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, questions arose about what Republicans might do if another vacancy opens on the court in 2020 - and Republican leadership doesn't agree on what they'd do in that situation.

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"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House on Monday. "Maybe", Trump resolved, pointing to a shared interest between Republicans and Democrats in getting an infrastructure deal done.

McConnell's comments come less than four weeks from elections in which Democrats are seen as having a strong chance at capturing control of the House but weaker odds of winning a majority in the Senate.

Far more Democrats say they are focused on health care and Social Security than say the Kavanaugh confirmation will be very important, and for almost three-quarters of partisans, the party of the Congressional candidate matters a lot.

"Mitch is going to do what Mitch is going to do", he said. "We have a lot of things where there is commonality".

He also acknowledged he'd like to get home.

In a video purportedly shot at a recent campaign event in Georgia, Holder says, "When they go low, we kick them", paraphrasing former first lady Michelle Obama, who famously said during the 2016 campaign, "When they go low, you go high". "We need to do that".

"He is mad as a mama wasp and he is determined to get the nominations through, and I don't think he's bluffing", Kennedy said.

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