Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh and declares him 'proven innocent'

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New US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh dived into his new job on Tuesday, shrugging off the controversy over his nomination and firing off a handful of questions at his first hearing, a case on prison reform.

ActBlue - an online fundraising platform for Democrats - raised almost $10 million on October 5 - the day the Senate held a procedural vote on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward - and another $9 million on October 6, the day the upper chamber formally confirmed him.

Kimmel had some choice words about Trump's performance during Monday's televised ceremony, especially when the president proclaimed that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" of Dr. Ford's assault allegation.

"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional", Justice Kavanaugh said.

Trump used his introduction of Kavanaugh to slam the judge's opponents.

Kavanaugh is the second justice Trump has successfully nominated to the Supreme Court, following the confirmation a year ago of Neil Gorsuch to the seat left by the late Antonin Scalia.

During the public swearing-in ceremony, President Donald Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".

Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court as his wife Ashley holds the Bible.

Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh, narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle, joins his new colleagues to hear his first arguments as a justice.

Justice Kavanaugh also faces more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints over his public statements as a nominee to the Supreme Court.

Lee explained that there were many possibilities to explain what the confirmation vote indicated about Kavanaugh's innocence. "The Supreme Court is an institution of law". The President had at one point previously been conciliatory toward Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before Congress alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Trump, at the time of the testimony, called Ford a "good witness" and said he respected her position very much.

Trump said he once told Kavanaugh that his confirmation would be a "piece of cake".

Kavanaugh's allies predicted the partisan air around his confirmation would fade. After weeks of being painted as an existential threat to women's rights and, indeed, a serial predator, the newly-minuted justice made history by bringing on SCOTUS' first ever all-female slate of law clerks. That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building.

Who wants Mr Kavanaugh impeached?

But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House.

McConnell spoke on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

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