Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh, says he was 'proven innocent'

Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh, says he was 'proven innocent'

Donald Trump has said sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee for the US Supreme Court, were a "hoax" and "all made up".

"Mr. President, thank you for everything", Kavanaugh said to Trump, after he was sworn in by his mentor, the newly retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the first time a justice has sworn in a former clerk.

Kavanaugh gave a forceful, emotional denial of those allegations during testimony before lawmakers that some Democrats said showed a lack of judicial temperament.

Trump reminded the audience that "after historic scrutiny", Mr Kavanaugh was proven innocent.

Ceremonial swearing-ins are unusual for new justices.

The televised event was held in the East Room.

His confirmation on Saturday in one of the closest such Senate votes in history highlighted deep American polarisation ahead of 6 November congressional midterm elections where Democrats hope to end Republican dominance.

Mr Trump did not blame opposition Democrats by name.

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Without mentioning the sexual assault allegations, he touted his record of promoting women - and the fact he has become the first justice to have an all-female staff.

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. "And now they want to impeach him".

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

"When I decided on Brett, I said he's flawless", Trump told the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando, Florida.

Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration. "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 said: "All nine of us revere the Constitution".

McConnell signaled he's willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise.

Speaking later at the National Press Club, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R, said that based on his own travels over the past several days, he believes the Republican base "is very much activated" as a result of the Kavanaugh fight.

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