Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

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.

The president went on to describe the Kavanaugh hearings as unjust to the man he appointed for a seat on the Supreme Court.

Democrats who vowed to impeach Brett Kavanaugh even before he was sworn in as associate justice of the Supreme Court will have to contend with the Constitution, points out Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz. There will also be those looking for any lingering signs of Kavanaugh's heated, partisan confirmation fight.

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

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. Only 20 percent said that the coverage was biased in Kavanaugh's favor, while 35 percent thought it was neutral.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress in November - angrily predicted that the Kavanaugh row would backfire on Democrats.

Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation. "I think you're going to see a lot of things happening on Nov 6".

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

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The cases, involving a Florida robbery and burglaries in Tennessee and Arkansas, challenged the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences.

In 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, blocked the consideration of President Barack Obama's third nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. It is one of the longer times they have been able to speak together since the allegations emerged.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works on House races, said it raised $400,000 in the 30 hours after Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate two weeks ago.

After an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe-which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House-also found nothing new, Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.

After Ford's allegation was made public, two other women came forward with allegations of sexual assault.

He later expressed regret over some of his comments.

In his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend himself against Ford's accusation, Kavanaugh said, "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace".

The other eight justices are all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which is entirely ceremonial. ".2018.midterms.pdf">CNN poll released Tuesday, however, said the opposite.

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