At Ceremonial Swearing-In, Trump Apologizes to Kavanaugh for His ‘Pain and Suffering’

Sen. Lindsey Graham. CNN screen capture

Sen. Lindsey Graham. CNN screen capture

Justice Kavanaugh rejected the accusations and Ms. Blasey Ford was unable to offer any witnesses who could corroborate her story; indeed those whom she named instead denied it. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle. But Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed as the Senate considered allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process".

As for the generic congressional ballot, the CNN poll found Democrats with a 13-point lead among likely voters, with 54% of respondents saying they would vote for the Democratic Party's candidate and 41% saying they planned to vote for the GOP nominee.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said on Monday (Oct 8) during a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

"He started it with an apology on behalf of the country and a curious proclamation", Kimmel described, of Trump declaring in the East Room that his new Supreme Court justice had been "proven innocent".

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, following a torrid confirmation process that divided America, the U.S. president slammed Democrat opponents for having waged a "campaign of personal destruction" against Justice Kavanaugh.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".

All four of the law clerks Kavanaugh has hired this term are women, which is a first for a Supreme Court justice.

The bitterly divided US Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh, with just one Democrat supporting him.

Hours before Monday evening's White House event, Trump accused opposition Democrats of already plotting to remove Kavanaugh from the bench.

"The reality is, right now, Republicans control the House and the Senate, and there's no way to do even an investigation unless we flip one of the houses", replied Booker, a Democrat seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.

Senator Chris Coons of DE called impeachment talk "premature", while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it "would not be my plan" to impeach the justice.

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The president's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonising political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct. The court will be hearing arguments in two previously little-noticed cases involving the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law that imposes heightened penalties on people who repeatedly commit serious crimes.

Kavanaugh, Kimmel noted, was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881.

Many observers have noted that Kavanaugh's confirmation itself represent a triumph of minority rule, in two senses.

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