Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh At Ceremonial Swearing

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USA president Donald Trump has apologised to new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the "terrible suffering" they were "forced" to endure, saying the "fair-minded" judge deserves a dignified evaluation and not a campaign based on lies and deception.

He tried to distinguish between President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the GOP-run Senate consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

Kavanaugh's predecessor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in June, was a more moderate conservative and sometimes sided with the court's four liberal justices. With police standing by, a small group of protesters gathered outside the courthouse, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies".

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

In an interview with The Associated Press, McConnell disputed President Donald Trump's prediction that Alaskans "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" politically after bucking her party on Kavanaugh.

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Kavanaugh is describing the confirmation process as "contentious and emotional" but says he has "no bitterness".

MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace vouched for frequent guest and Democratic attorney Michael Avenatti on September 26 when his client Julie Swetnick came forward with claims-which she later changed-that Kavanaugh was involved with parties where gang rapes routinely occurred and he spiked girls' drinks.

"We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling", Roberts told Kavanaugh, who could serve for decades in the lifetime job. Only six of the 51 Republicans in the Senate are women.

"The American public has seen this charade, and it was a disgrace.

And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said.

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Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans are more likely to vote because of the Kavanaugh controversy, compared to 54% of Democrats and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major political party.

The results suggest the electorate paid close attention to the Kavanaugh confirmation and didn't like what they saw, especially after three women claimed late in the 11th hour of his confirmation process that he sexually assaulted them during high school and college freshman drinking parties.

Bannon has cheered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), whom he once targeted for defeat, for seeing Kavanaugh's nomination through to the end; hearing Bannon's praise, McConnell later said, was like having "an out of body experience". She voted "present" in the actual confirmation vote. But critics said Kavanaugh's demeanor raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.

He denied the allegations and in a blistering partisan attack during a Senate hearing on Sept 27, accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

"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.

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