Sunday, 21 October, 2018

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

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms ‘Victory for our nation’: Donald Trump celebrates Kavanaugh’s confirmation to US Supreme Court
Gerardo Duncan | 09 October, 2018, 04:56

"I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the evening White House event.

"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process", Trump said. Critics have argued the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion.

Ness tried to backtrack with a subsequent tweet: "Brett kavanaugh will be dealing with death threats for the rest of his life being on the Supreme Court".

But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a markedly more conciliatory tone. During my twelve years on the D.C. Circuit, a majority of my law clerks were women and nearly all of them went on to clerk at the Supreme Court.

In his speech at the ceremony, Kavanaugh said the emotional Senate confirmation process "tested" him, "but it did not change me". That process is over. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be.

Two other accusers stepped forward in the closing weeks of Kavanaugh's confirmation process to allege that he had behaved inappropriately with them while in high school and college.

First Lady Melania Trump will not attend Monday night's swearing-in ceremony, her spokesperson told CBS News.

Only Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer participated in White House events after they had been sworn in and begun work as justices, according to the court's records on the current crop of justices.

Kavanaugh also noted the first group of clerks he's hired as a justice are all women, a first in the history of the Supreme Court. "I'm proud that all four of my newly hired law clerks at the Supreme Court are women". The latter three all worked for other Republican-nominated judges. "That is who I am".

"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace", he said. "Horrible statements that were horribly untrue that he knew nothing about". It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people who were evil.

Addressing the convention of International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando Monday afternoon, Trump again painted Kavanaugh as a victim.

He has denied the claims made by several women.

Then, just as his confirmation seemed inevitable, 11th-hour allegations emerged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl while at high school and exposed himself to a female classmate at an alcohol-fueled dorm party at Yale University. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. "The main base of the Democrats have shifted so far left that we'll end up being Venezuela".

Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration.

President Trump referenced the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh by issuing an apology to him at the top of his remarks and blaming a campaign of "lies". McConnell called the current partisan divide a "low point", but he blamed Democrats.

"Mr. President, thank you for everything", he said.

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