President Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh At Ceremonial Swearing

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Kavanaugh denied the accusation. But Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed as the Senate considered allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school.

As Kavanaugh won't vote in any cases prior to his tenure, these votes could end in a 4-4 tie, leading to either a reinstatement of the lower court ruling or a retrial with Kavanaugh. He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who's Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court.

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

Trump noted that Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, was in the East Room audience at the White House, along with his two daughters Liza and Margaret.

He then announced, "You sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent" before giving the new justice a handshake.

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 Saturday after a bitter Senate battle.

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, following a torrid confirmation process that divided America, the USA president slammed Democrat opponents for having waged a "campaign of personal destruction" against Justice Kavanaugh. And pundits presumed POTUS meant to take a victory lap after his nominee got the Senate's stamp of approval by a slim 50-48 margin following a very divisive confirmation battle, in which Kavanaugh faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations, but especially that he had sexually assaulted Ford when he was in high school. Kavanaugh has moved into the chambers previously occupied by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who has taken over Kennedy's chambers.

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As he returned to the White House Monday from Florida, Trump anticipated that Kavanaugh's swearing-in would be a "big night". Almost two-thirds, or 63%, of likely women voters said they will vote for the Democratic congressional nominee in November, compared to 33% of likely women voters who said they'll vote Republican. Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened.

All eight Supreme Court justices attended the reception, along with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Other analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution.

Kavanaugh is expected to begin his tenure by hearing two cases dealing with matters of robbery and burglary.

But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a markedly more conciliatory tone.

"I thought it was one of the most disgraceful performances I've ever seen", Trump said Monday of the Democrats' fight against Kavanaugh, who replaces Kennedy, a conservative jurist who often cast the deciding swing vote on ideologically divisive issues, upholding abortion and gay rights and the use of affirmative action aiding racial minorities in college admissions.

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