Kavanaugh seeks new tone after Supreme Court fight; Trump apologises for process

Kavanaugh seeks new tone after Supreme Court fight; Trump apologises for process

President Trump began his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony 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.

Mr Kavanaugh said he was not changed by a "contentious and emotional" battle over his confirmation to the nation's highest court, which was imperiled by sexual misconduct allegations.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote Saturday, when Mr. Trump was en route to Kansas for a "Make America Great Again" rally.

"It was all made up, it was fabricated, and it was a disgrace", Trump said of the allegations of one of Kavanaugh's other accusers. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left open the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh if Democrats take back one of the houses of Congress in next month's midterm elections.

First Lady Melania Trump will not attend Monday night's swearing-in ceremony, her spokesperson told CBS News.

The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke previous year during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden.

Ryan praised the speech that Senator Susan Collins, R, gave on the Senate floor announcing her vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Democratic lawmakers, like Booker, are hoping to channel that anger into votes.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting". The new justice's four clerks all are women, the first time that has happened.

Trump said the mere mention of impeaching a Supreme Court justice who "is a top scholar, a top student, a top intellect, and who did nothing wrong" should galvanize support for Republican candidates on the ballot.

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen. "So I think even before you start focusing on questions about his truthfulness before a Senate committee, you've got to focus on the urgency of the work over the next 30 days, and that's where my focus is", Booker said.

He tried to distinguish between President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the GOP-run Senate consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

Neither the Dakota County Sheriff's Office nor Rosemount police are "currently investigating any incidents we believe to have happened at the school", the office said in a statement, the newspaper reported.

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