Trump apologises to Kavanaugh and declares him 'proven innocent'

Mitch Mc Connell says Senate 'not broken' after Kavanaugh fight

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.

Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late Monday gave the Trump administration to perform the equivalent of a victory lap on live television.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start. "That is now over", declared Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump apologized on national TV to Brett Kavanaugh for the "pain and suffering" to which he was subjected during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, declaring on national TV that Kavanaugh had been "found innocent".

Kavanaugh said he will "always be a team player on the team of nine".

Justice Kavanaugh has followed up on his pledge to hire women to serve as his law clerks, becoming the first justice to have an all-female staff.

As Michael Tomasky points out, with Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., there are now four justices who were confirmed by Senators representing a national minority, and if Trump gets to fill one more seat, a majority of the court will likely have been confirmed in this manner.

After POTUS was finished torching Democrats and Ford, Kavanaugh spoke of being a "force for stability and unity". Kavanaugh denied the accusation.

Trump continued: "And with that I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent".

The FBI probe into the allegations was not a criminal investigation, however, and its report offered no conclusion of guilt or innocence.

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The bitterly divided US Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh, with just one Democrat supporting him.

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, following a torrid confirmation process that divided America, the U.S. president slammed Democrat opponents for having waged a "campaign of personal destruction" against Justice Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy on the bench.

The Republican president condemned Democratic calls to impeach the judge as an "insult to the American public".

"A man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers and now they want to impeach him".

And on Monday evening he participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", he said.

Trump and his fellow Republicans are hoping the confirmation of the 53-year-old conservative jurist will energize their supporters in the midterm voting when political control of Congress is at stake.

Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court had been considered safe until California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with explosive allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school.

Cory Booker of New Jersey, who sits on the senate's judiciary committee, was asked Sunday in Iowa by Yahoo News about the prospects of a Kavanaugh impeachment.

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