Brett Kavanaugh ‘a victim of lies and deception’

Brett Kavanaugh ‘a victim of lies and deception’

Brett Kavanaugh ‘a victim of lies and deception’

President Donald Trump apologized "on behalf of our nation" to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family Monday evening "for the awful pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", while proclaiming him innocent of allegations of sexual misconduct.

At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republican candidates, Trump criticized the Democrats' attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle.

People hoping to see Justice Brett Kavanaugh's first day on the Supreme Court bench are waiting in long lines outside the court. But percolating in the courts below are major issues - concerning the Affordable Care Act, DACA and LGBT rights that could be headed to the Supreme Court perhaps as early as this term.

The bitterly divided US Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, with just one Democrat supporting him.

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

A spokesperson at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works on House races, said it saw a 418 percent increase in online donations in the first week of October - when Kavanaugh was undergoing an FBI investigation - compared to the first week of September.

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh on behalf of the entire court, wishing him the traditional "long and happy career in our common calling". His path to confirmation was met with huge opposition from Democrats and left-wing groups - which intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her, allegations Kavanaugh denied and which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found to be uncorroborated.

The cases challenge the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences for a defendant.

As the newest member of the court, Kavanaugh will take on a few special jobs.

Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record. Kavanaugh denied the allegations and Republicans pushed his nomination forward arguing no corroborating evidence or witnesses had been produced.

Trump has repeatedly said that putting conservatives on the court - Kavanaugh is his second appointment - was among the top goals of his presidency.

In a White House ceremony that should have been a unifying process for the U.S., he said the judge had been the victim of a "campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception".

Kavanaugh was Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body, following conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", he said. One of the two cases the court is hearing then involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

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