Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh for sexual misconduct allegations during confirmation

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh for sexual misconduct allegations during confirmation

US President Donald Trump said that it was "an insult to the American public" for Democrats to consider impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and predicted that Republicans would benefit at the polls following the chaotic confirmation process. And pundits presumed POTUS meant to take a victory lap after his nominee got the Senate's stamp of approval by a slim 50-48 margin following a very divisive confirmation battle, in which Kavanaugh faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations, but especially that he had sexually assaulted Ford when he was in high school.

The event was the third swearing-in ceremony for the nominee after a historically contentious confirmation battle following several allegations against the judge.

What did Mr Trump highlight?

He then announced, "You sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent" before giving the new justice a handshake. "I thought it was a disgrace". Cory Booker, D-N.J., left open the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh if Democrats take back one of the houses of Congress in next month's midterm elections. "I think it's an insult to the American public". "I think you're going to see a lot of things happening on 6 November that wouldn't have". During my twelve years on the D.C. Circuit, a majority of my law clerks were women and nearly all of them went on to clerk at the Supreme Court.

The near party-line Senate vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be.

He also thanked Sens.

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Later, in Orlando, he called Kavanaugh "a flawless person" and said "evil" people had tried to derail him with "False charges" and "False accusations".

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said.

More recently, Democrats have cast doubt on Kavanaugh's account of his drinking while a teenager, an issue that came up repeatedly during a Senate hearing that included testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of drunkenly assaulting her while they were in high school.

Mr Trump did not blame opposition Democrats by name.

The other eight justices were all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in by retired justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event.

The initial focus of opposition was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

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