Donald Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh Family for Ugly Confirmation Process

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

President Trump began his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Monday with an apology to him for the way his confirmation hearing went - and by saying the jurist was "proven innocent" of sex abuse claims.

Then, once Trump was elected president, McConnell used his Senate majority to push Neil Gorsuch and now Brett Kavanaugh into Supreme Court seats.

Speaking at a White House ceremony, Kavanaugh said: "Although the Senate confirmation process tested me as it has tested others, it did not change me".

Liberal-leaning voters failed to show up-again-and Republicans took control of the US Senate, too.

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen.

The swearing in of Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court judge comes after weeks of bitterly fought battle between the ruling Republican and the opposition Democratic parties.

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats gave a global platform 11 days ago to Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of forcibly groping her and trying to undress her when they were both teenagers. Kavanaugh's new benchmates will include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who's praised the "Me Too" movement of women coming forward to say they were the subjects of sexual misconduct, as well as Justice Clarence Thomas, whose 1991 nomination nearly failed in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

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Yep, they're already running - especially two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who had visible roles during the Kavanaugh hearings. "That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me". But the Christian Right didn't push for Kavanaugh's confirmation so aggressively because they think he shares the more libertarian views that retired Justice Anthony Kennedy had on abortion rights; Kavanaugh was nominated because he is an "originalist" or "strict constructionist" and a hardcore social conservative.

"I think it will be something very, very special", Trump told reporters gathered on the South Lawn.

Sen. Susan Collins, whose "yes" vote turned the tide in Kavanaugh's favor, said Sunday on CNN that 'I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. The court's two oldest justices are Democratic appointees: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 80.

Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building.

McConnell says an election-year vacancy isn't filled if the party controlling the Senate is different from the party of the president. "I was assaulted when I was younger and I didn't tell anybody". Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "no" on Kavanaugh. "If an opening comes in the past year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait till the next election", Graham said during an appearance at the Atlantic Festival in Washington.

"The way they (Democrats) behaved was absolutely atrocious.the way they conducted themselves, the way they dealt with a high-level, brilliant, going to be a great justice of the Supreme Court, the way they really tortured him and his family.it was a disgrace.it was one of the most disgraceful performances I have ever seen", the President said.

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