Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’

Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’

Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’

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.

President Trump said he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country at a ceremonial White House swearing-in after the Senate confirmed the nomination on Saturday despite sexual assault allegations against Mr Kavanaugh.

Trump is apologizing to Kavanaugh and his family for "the bad suffering you have been forced to endure".

His path to confirmation was met with huge opposition from Democrats and left-wing groups - which intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her, allegations Kavanaugh denied and which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found to be uncorroborated.

The high court now has five conservative justices and four liberals.

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the court's October 1 start of the new term.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who also attended the new justice's first day on the bench. "You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent". "I've worked hard throughout my career to promote the advancement of women", he said.

"I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but to serve one nation", Kavanaugh said Monday night during his ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

"I've always been told it's the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said Monday upon returning from the brief Florida trip.

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell disagree on whether the GOP would try to confirm a Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year, something they prevented Democrats from doing in 2016.

Before Tuesday's arguments, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh while on the lower court striking down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

Kavanaugh gave a forceful, emotional denial of those allegations during testimony before lawmakers that some Democrats said showed a lack of judicial temperament. An FBI report into sexual misconduct allegations made against Kavanaugh, has not been released to the public.

Kavanaugh also noted the first group of clerks he's hired as a justice are all women, a first in the history of the Supreme Court. With courtroom security tight, there were no disruptions by protesters during the arguments, as there had been during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

"He's going to be a great Supreme Court justice - watch", he said.

Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen. Only one Democrat voted for Trump´s nominee.

The victory is a boon for Republicans who are looking to hold on to majorities in the house and Senate.

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