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Trump defends Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, Oct 9: US President Donald Trump on Monday denied the sex assault claims made against his new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and called it a "hoax" and "all made up".

The Republican president condemned Democratic calls to impeach the judge as an "insult to the American public", said a report in BBC news. "So I've been hearing that now they're thinking about impeaching a brilliant jurist', Trump said, as he left the White House for an event in Florida.

"A man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers and now they want to impeach him. It's an insult to the American public.", he added.

However, the Democratic leadership has distanced itself from the calls by two of its rank-and-file lawmakers. Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote that followed strictly partisan lines.

While highlighting Kavanaugh's achievement, trump said that the conservative judge was "a top scholar, top student, top intellect and who did nothing wrong and there was no corroboration of any kind".

The allegations against the nominee were "all made up, it was fabricated and it was a disgrace," Mr Trump added.

He predicted the Democrats would lose in the 6 November congressional elections, which will shape the remainder of his presidency.

Immediately following Prof Christine Blasey Ford's testimony about her alleged assault to the Senate, Mr Trump called her a "compelling" witness.

He is Trump's 69th judicial appointment since becoming president. The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. He will take his seat on Tuesday - on the far right of the bench, next to Justice Elena Kagan - hearing immigration and other cases. UNI