WASHINGTON – President Trump began his ceremonial swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Monday with an apology to him for the way his confirmation hearing went — and by saying the jurist was “proven innocent” of sex abuse claims.
Monday’s ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House wrapped up a dramatic confirmation process that lasted one day shy of three months – and put the #MeToo movement front and center after professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward and testified, alleging Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her when the two were Maryland teens.
Trump signed Kavanaugh’s commission later Saturday, with Chief Justice John Roberts swearing in the new justice Saturday night.
As he returned to the White House Monday from Florida, Trump anticipated that Kavanaugh’s swearing-in would be a “big night.”
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump opened a ceremonial swearing-in of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday by apologizing on the nation’s behalf “for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.”
Kavanaugh took a more measured tone on Monday, assuring the nation that the Supreme Court “is not a partisan or political institution,” and promising to “always be a team player on a team of nine.”
Kavanaugh was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House.
Trump says allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh were “all made up, it was fabricated and it’s a disgrace.”
Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including Ford, a California professor who testified under oath that he tried to assault her at a high school party decades ago.
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At the White House swearing-in, Trump obscenely made the occasion a purely partisan one with his ludicrous claim that Justice Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” and his misogynistic apology for the Senate’s even having listened to Dr. Blasey Ford.
Pres Trump offers a public apology to Justice Kavanaugh for the terrible pain and suffering he had to endure during the confirmation process. @POTUS said it should not have been a campaign of personal destruction.
Trump opens swearing-in ceremony for Kavanaugh with an apology: I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.” Crowd applauds. “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent,” he adds.
How about an apology to the 45% of us who believed Dr. Ford and think the 72 hour investigation was a sham? —- Trump [ sides with accused abuser and ] apologizes to Kavanaugh on behalf of our nation, says judge proven innocent - NBC News
Despite Justice Kavanaughs family receiving death threats, @nytimes @patrickhealynyt decries Trumps apology #TTT
This sickens me! Two accused white males of privilege basically giving all of us the finger. #VoteThemAllOut President Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh At Ceremonial Swearing-In