Donald Trump apologises to Brett Kavanaugh and declares him ‘proven innocent'

Grant Boone
October 10, 2018

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has been nominated for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus award.

Kavanaugh moves to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential US Court of Appeals in Washington, where he built a conservative judicial record and a reputation for being affable and well-prepared.

Kavanaugh, in turn, attacked the Dem senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee for what he called an orchestrated "hit" meant to exact revenge for the Clintons, warning the Dems on the committee "what goes around comes around".

In the 1990s, before becoming a judge, Kavanaugh was part of special counsel Kenneth Starr's team that investigated Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Media captionDonald Trump's nominee has been embroiled in a bitter battle over sexual assault allegations. While Trump apologized on behalf of the nation for "the bad pain and suffering" Kavanaugh and his family had suffered and declared him "proven innocent", the new justice assured Americans that he would be fair and was taking the job with "no bitterness".

Trump continued: "And with that I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent". "It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", said Trump, who also described Kavanaugh as "flawless".

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Hours before Monday evening's White House event, Trump accused opposition Democrats of already plotting to remove Kavanaugh from the bench. He once again cast doubt on the women's claims, calling them "lies", following up on assertions he made earlier in the day when he told reporters at the White House that Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats". Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened.

Kavanaugh's Saturday confirmation in one of the closest such Senate votes in history showcased Americans' polarisation ahead of November 6 congressional midterm elections where Democrats hope to end Republican dominance. However, the Republican cautioned that "it remains to be seen whether this lasts for the next three weeks or not". That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building.

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

Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to chair the House Judiciary Committee if his party wins a majority in the mid-terms, said that he would be prepared to open an investigation into the top judge.

Independent court analysts, however, predict Kavanaugh is likely to concur with more conservative interpretations of the law, given a solid 5-4 ideological edge on the court to those who lean to the right.

"The Supreme Court is a team of nine".

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