Thursday, 18 October, 2018

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
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2018, 03:36

Democrats had fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh's confirmation gave Republican President Donald Trump a major victory, with his second lifetime appointee to the nation's highest judicial body. With Kavanaugh now on the court, this could very well get worse. 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.

"On behalf of our nation, 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, sticking a shiv in Democrats and Christine Blasey Ford.

The official swearing-in had take place on Saturday, but Trump chose to replicate the event this evening in the East Room of the White House.

At the official swearing-in event at the White House on Monday, Trump said Kavanaugh had been a victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception" adding that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent".

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices, from left, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer watch from the front row as Brett Kavanaugh takes his ceremonial oath of office while participating in a ceremonial public swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Oct. 8, 2018.

"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process", the president said in his remarks at the swearing in.

Justice Kavanaugh will be closely scrutinised from his first day on the bench.

The president also told reporters on Monday morning that he thinks many Democrats will vote Republican in next month's midterm elections because they are angry about Kavanaugh's treatment.

Brett Kavanaugh is about to hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice.

Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court had been considered safe until California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with explosive allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school.

"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.

The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

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

All eight of the Supreme Court's other justices attended the White House ceremony, a show of collegiality by members of an ideologically divided court.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.