Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump claims Kavanaugh allegations are 'Democrat hoax' in new attack

Trump claims Kavanaugh allegations are 'Democrat hoax' in new attack

His path to confirmation was turbulent - opposition to him intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her, allegations Kavanaugh denied.

Kavanaugh moves to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential US Court of Appeals in Washington, where he built a conservative judicial record and a reputation for being affable and well-prepared.

He was confirmed by the Senate in a 50-48 vote on Saturday.

In the 1990s, before becoming a judge, Kavanaugh was part of special counsel Kenneth Starr's team that investigated Democratic President Bill Clinton.

As Kavanaugh won't vote in any cases prior to his tenure, these votes could end in a 4-4 tie, leading to either a reinstatement of the lower court ruling or a retrial with Kavanaugh.

"I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Mr. Trump said.

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.

"He started it with an apology on behalf of the country and a curious proclamation", Kimmel described, of Trump declaring in the East Room that his new Supreme Court justice had been "proven innocent".

United States President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was apologising on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in USA history.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".

Kavanaugh said he already has hired his first four law clerks, noting that he is the first justice to employ a team entirely made up of women.

Justice Kavanaugh will be closely scrutinised from his first day on the bench.

Former president Barack Obama's two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, did not participate in oath ceremonies at the White House.

The event was the third swearing-in ceremony for the nominee after a historically contentious confirmation battle following several allegations against the judge.

The president also told reporters on Monday morning that he thinks many Democrats will vote Republican in next month's midterm elections because they are angry about Kavanaugh's treatment. However, the Republican cautioned that "it remains to be seen whether this lasts for the next three weeks or not".

Kavanaugh, Kimmel noted, was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881.

Kavanaugh is expected to begin his tenure by hearing two cases dealing with matters of robbery and burglary.

The president said he had many friends who were Democrats, but that the party was pushing politics too far left.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.

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