President Donald Trump apologized to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for "the bad pain and suffering" he and his family were "forced to endure" during his confirmation process, at a ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House on Monday evening.
On Oct. 6, Kavanagh was confirmed to the court by a vote of 50-48 in the Senate, a slim victory after multiple women had accused him of sexual misconduct. The FBI probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh reportedly found no corroboration of the allegations against him but was criticized by Democrats for not being a full investigation.
In his speech at the ceremony, Kavanaugh said the emotional Senate confirmation process "tested" him, "but it did not change me".
"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", he said at the ceremony in the ornate White House East Room.
He says that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".
Progressives fought hard against Kavanaugh's confirmation due to his originalist jurisprudence and because he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a "swing" vote in many 5-4 decisions.
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Collins, a four-term United States senator, cast what was a crucial vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. He already has been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday.
Defining the limits of "physical force" used in unarmed robberies took up much of the justices' time. Every sitting member of the Supreme Court was present at the ceremony. Jackson also worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court. Fifty-two percent said they believed the women versus 38 percent who said found Kavanaugh most credible.
Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body. After weeks of being painted as an existential threat to women's rights and, indeed, a serial predator, the newly-minuted justice made history by bringing on SCOTUS' first ever all-female slate of law clerks. He took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on Saturday evening. Some Democrats have talked of impeaching Kavanaugh, though the process is hard with a two-thirds Senate majority required to remove a federal judge. "We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling".
Senator McConnell called the current partisan divide a "low point", but he blamed Democrats.
Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh by October 1, the start of the new term. The president later hosted a reception at the White House for Sotomayor, as he did a year later with Kagan. But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House.