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Kavanaugh seeks new tone after bitter Supreme Court Justice confirmation fight
10 October 2018, 04:18 | Devin Moran
Brett Kavanaugh ‘a victim of lies and deception’
by Matthew Lee
WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald Trump apologized to Brett Kavanaugh for the bitter battle over his confirmation to the Supreme Court and declared him "innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that almost derailed his nomination.
The misconduct complaints concern Kavanaugh's answers about his work in the George W. Bush administration and his comments about Democrats using allegations of sexual assault against him, according to the Post.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".
In his speech at the ceremony, Kavanaugh said the emotional Senate confirmation process "tested" him, "but it did not change me".
Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction".
The Supreme Court welcomes its newest justice Tuesday as Brett Kavanaugh takes the bench for his first arguments since a contentious Senate voted narrowly to confirm him, cementing a decades-long campaign by conservatives to reshape the nation's highest court.
"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said at the jurist's White House swearing-in ceremony.
He says that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".
Kavanaugh's wife and two daughters were in seats reserved for justices' guests, along with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh hears his first arguments from the bench today, having salted away the traditional duties of cafeteria supervision befitting the tradition for SCOTUS newbies.
But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a markedly more conciliatory tone.
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"Trump called the protests "phony stuff" and even gave a special shout-out to the FBI's so-called investigation of Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation against Kavanaugh", he said, adding, "Wait, is this the same FBI that's doing the 'witch hunt?' Because I thought they were... oh, never mind, nothing means anything anymore". Jackson also worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court. "The Supreme Court is an institution of law - it is not a partisan or political institution".
Trump said he once told Kavanaugh that his confirmation would be a "piece of cake". He also blamed "evil" people for putting Kavanaugh in a "disgraceful situation" during his confirmation process. He had already hired four law clerks, all women.
Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh by October 1, the start of the new term.
In reality, Kavanaugh´s confirmation lit a match under existing tensions ahead of the midterm elections. "We stood up to the mob", he said. The court's two oldest justices are Democratic appointees: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 80.
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