Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

Ebony Scott
October 11, 2018

U.S. president Donald Trump has apologised to new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the "terrible suffering" they were "forced" to endure, saying the "fair-minded" judge deserves a dignified evaluation and not a campaign based on lies and deception.

"On behalf of our nation, I would like to apologize to Brett and his family for the awful pain and suffering that you have been forced to endure", Trump, standing in the East Room of the White House, said in the televised event.

He says that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".

Kavanaugh, acknowledging the "contentious and emotional" fight over his confirmation, said he had "no bitterness" and promised to "always be a team player on the team of nine".

Kavanaugh and his law clerks already have been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday, when the justices will hear arguments in two cases about longer prison terms for repeat offenders.

A new Rasmussen Report noted that 54 percent of likely USA voters are more likely to vote in the November midterm elections as a result of the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh. But in a well-functioning democracy, the Senate would have rejected Kavanaugh's nomination: The 50 senators who voted him onto the court last weekend collectively represent just 44 percent of the USA population.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress - predicted that Democrats would pay for their attempts to block the confirmation, especially during the lurid debate over decades-old sexual assault allegations.

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Trump lashed out at a number of Democrats during the rally, including Feinstein's colleagues on the Judiciary Committee - Sen.

His attempt to frame his apology to Kavanaugh as coming on behalf of the entire nation also overlooks public antipathy toward the nominee.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters interviewed October 7-8 has a 3 percent, plus or minus, margin of error. Trump was criticized for mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychologist who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager, but polling shows that most Republicans, particularly men,

The Iowa Republican said that's only fair since the Senate would not consider then-President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.

Alaska Sen. Murkowski was the only Republican who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to a full roll call, and she voted "present" on the final tally. She voted to reward and embolden the Democrats' smear tactics, and if just a few more Republicans had voted with her, Kavanaugh's confirmation would have ended in defeat. His message resonated closely with those who were uncomfortable with what gender norms could look like in America under Clinton, the first woman to win a major-party presidential nomination.

Some analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution.

Brett Kavanaugh waits before being sworn-in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court in the East room of the White House in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters. "I took the vote that I took", Murkowski said, according to The Hill.

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