Trump apologises to Kavanaugh over 'unfair' treatment

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Kavanaugh acknowledged that the confirmation was "contentious" and "emotional" but said that he wished to be a force for "stability and unity" on the Supreme Court.

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

At a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, Mr Trump said he was beginning the judicial swearing-in ceremony differently this time, by apologising to Justice Kavanaugh and his family over the way he had been treated. "I'll be forever grateful to each of them and to all the senators who carefully considered my nomination".

In his own remarks, Kavanaugh, who has faced criticism that he appeared too politicized in his Senate testimony, tried to assure the American public that he would approach the job fairly.

Mitch McConnell became Senate Majority Leader and soon used that position of power to block Obama's final Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, from even getting a hearing. A clerkship on the Supreme Court is one of the most coveted achievements and credentials in American law. And I will always be a team player on the team of nine. Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me.

Trump sees his success in getting Kavanaugh onto the court - tilting the crucial body to the right for potentially years to come - as one of the major successes of his turbulent two-year administration.

Mr Trump says Democrats will lose in the 6 November congressional elections, which will shape the remainder of his presidency.

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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. I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but to serve one nation.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote Saturday, when Mr. Trump was en route to Kansas for a "Make America Great Again" rally.

No concrete evidence was produced to back up the searing accusations, which Republicans described as a dirty tricks campaign.

President Trump talks to reporters as he departs the White House in Washington on Monday.

Mr Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late yesterday was a chance for the Trump administration to perform the equivalent of a victory lap.

He then announced, "You sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent" before giving the new justice a handshake.

"I've always been told it's the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

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