Justice Kavanaugh Sworn in During Ceremony at the White House
Jordan Kirkland - October 9th, 2018
After controversy over several allegations made against him over the last few weeks, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in last night as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
President Trump held the ceremonial swearing-in Monday at the White House. Former Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement paved the way for Kavanaugh, administered the judicial oath for a second time. Kavanaugh was first sworn in on Saturday after the Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm him to the Supreme Court.
If you missed it, you can watch the ceremony here.
Before being sworn in, President Trump addressed the the crowd in the East Room of the White House, and began by apologizing to Kavanaugh and his family, who joined him on the stage.
"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Trump said. "Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process. In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty."
Trump continued, stating that "under historic scrutiny," Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent."
Trump went on to thank top Republicans for spearheading Kavanaugh's confirmation, and particularly praised Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, calling her speech "brave" and "eloquent." Collins's speech proved the be the final nail in the coffin for Democrats wanting to upend Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Kavanaugh started by thanking President Trump for his "unwavering support."
“Mr. President, thank you for the great honor of appointing me to serve as a Justice in the Supreme Court. I’ve seen firsthand your deep appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. I am grateful for your steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process,” Kavanaugh said.
Kavanaugh added, "The Supreme Court is an institution of law. It is not a partisan or political institution. The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle. We do not caucus in separate rooms. The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player on the team of nine."
In his remarks, Kavanaugh said that he held "no bitterness" over the brutal Senate confirmation fight, during which he was accused of sexual assault by three women and railed against Democrats opposed to his nomination.
Kavanaugh said he was proud his newly hired law clerks are all women, a first for a Supreme Court justice. "I've worked hard throughout my career to promote the advancement of women," he said.
You can watch Kavanaugh's speech here.
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