Trump apologises to Kavanaugh for bitter campaign, United States News & Top Stories

Henrietta Strickland
October 10, 2018

"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process", Trump said.

But Mr Trump, who last week publicly mocked Ford, continued to stoke political divisions at Monday's ceremony, saying Justice Kavanaugh had been the victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception".

Grassley's "a lot of work" remark came in the wake of the committee's controversial hearings regarding Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote.

The all-male line-up on the Republican side drew attention during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations.

But critics said Mr Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases. "My approach to judging remains the same", he said.

Kavanaugh took his seat at the end of the bench to Roberts' far left, a visible manifestation of a moment that Republicans have dreamed of for decades, with five solidly conservative justices on the court, and Democrats have dreaded.

Some analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution. "The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle; we do not caucus in separate rooms". Noting that the Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional, he said his focus now is to be the best Justice he can be. "That process is over".

"I don't see how it could be much wider than it already was", he said. He added however that if someone else were to take over the role of committee chair, "they'll have to decide for themselves, but that's a decision I made a long time ago".

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

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of all Likely U.S. Voters say they are more likely to vote in the upcoming midterm elections because of the controversy surrounding President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

During a speech in Florida earlier on Monday, Mr Trump denounced the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh as "a hoax" perpetrated "by people that are evil".

"The Trump Administration is rewriting the rules on guaranteed health care protections that millions of Americans depend on", said Baldwin, who's up for re-election this year in a state President Donald Trump won in 2016, in a statement.

The rally comes a day after the White House held another swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was initially sworn in on October 6 in a ceremony at the Supreme Court.

The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke past year during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden. Justice Samuel Alito spoke at his swearing-in as well.

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