Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh and declares him 'proven innocent'

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh and declares him 'proven innocent'

The entirely ceremonial swearing-in, two days after he officially became a member of the high court, is unusual for new justices. Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks. The two networks combined on Saturday reached just over 2 million viewers for the Senate vote.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

Media captionDonald Trump's nominee has been embroiled in a bitter battle over sexual assault allegations. Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. Americans opposed his confirmation 51 percent to 41 percent, according to a CNN poll conducted October 4-7. But Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed as the Senate considered allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school.

During the interview, Clinton was asked whether they would be prepared to talk about her husband's sex scandal that led to his impeachment, and how it compares to the accusations against Trump and Kavanaugh.

Other major polls reflected similar sentiment.

With police standing by, a handful of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here". Some Democrats have talked of impeaching Kavanaugh, though the process is hard with a two-thirds Senate majority required to remove a federal judge.

Kavanaugh is expected to vote with his conservative colleagues on the bench, even on some hot-button issues where Kennedy served as a swing vote. That doesn't mean that much of the anger and passion was inorganic, mind you, but the Professional Left clearly had a hand in shaping the optics - knowing exactly what sort of made-for-TV displays their allies in the mainstream media would eat up.

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (L) hugs his wife Ashley after the ceremony. "But the Senate having failed to do its proper, constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions".

He was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House.

Any technical arguments are likely to be overshadowed by Kavanaugh's first public appearance wearing the traditional black robe donned by Supreme Court justices.

He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who´s Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court. They took their oaths at the court in ceremonies that were televised live.

Trump on Twitter on Tuesday said he was "very proud" of Kavanaugh and his family, and disparaged the anti-Kavanaugh protesters. The president later hosted a reception at the White House for Sotomayor, as he did a year later with Kagan.

Trump has repeatedly said that putting conservatives on the court - Kavanaugh is his second appointment - was among the top goals of his presidency.

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