President Trump Apologizes to Brett Kavanaugh At Ceremonial Swearing

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Justice Brett Kavanaugh, fresh off a confirmation process that featured one of the most polarizing and politicized hearings in modern times, will take the bench on Tuesday for the start of a new era that is expected to take the court decidedly to the right.

The other eight justices are all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which is entirely ceremonial. But the justices, who often highlight their efforts to work together as a collegial body, are likely to focus on the cases before them.

More people believed California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both high school students, and other women who accused him of misconduct than believed Kavanaugh's denials, according to the CNN poll.

A gleeful President Trump appeared at the ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Monday at the White House, where the president offered a broad apology for the judge's "suffering" throughout his confirmation process, then said directly to Kavanaugh: "I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent".

President Donald Trump listens as retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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That will set off more hysteria over Kavanaugh's confirmation, but it's meaningless. Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court past year. And while they should be looked at in the broader scope of things, they suggest the building narrative that the Kavanaugh confirmation was a disaster for Democrats isn't totally correct.

Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote that followed strictly partisan lines.

Kavanaugh took his seat at the right end of the courtroom's mahogany bench - the location assigned to the court's junior-most member - and wore traditional black robes like the other justices.

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.

The comments came during a panel discussion following Kavanaugh's swearing in ceremony at the White House.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not impressed with how President Trump conducted himself at last night's ceremony for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. "The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle; we do not caucus in separate rooms".

"I give special gratitude to senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin, John Kyl and Lindsey Graham". One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

Although he missed the court's first week, none of the six cases argued dealt with blockbuster issues. Kavanaugh won't vote in those cases, but if the court is split 4-4, it could decide to have those cases reargued so Kavanaugh can break the tie. Every sitting member of the Supreme Court was present at the ceremony.

The appeals had been brought by an environmental group and companies that supported the 2015 rule that had limited hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in a variety of products including spray cans and air conditioners. "The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".

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