President Donald Trump began Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s swearing-in ceremony by apologizing on behalf of America.
“On behalf of the nation, I’d like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure,” Trump said.
The president delivered remarks ahead of the Kavanaugh swearing-in ceremony at the White House and acknowledged that his opening statement was unusual.
“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,” he said.
Addressing Kavanaugh specifically, the president said, “You sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.”
The entire room of Trump supporters and staff applauded the entire Kavanaugh family.
The president also thanked Senate Majority Mitch McConnell for his efforts, urging him to stand to be recognized.
All of the Supreme Court justices were present for the ceremony, including the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who performed the swearing-in ceremony.
Joining Kavanaugh at the ceremony were many friends and fellow legal professionals in Washington, as well as his parents and daughters.
After taking the oath of office, Kavanaugh spoke, vowing to serve the law in the Supreme Court.
“I will always be humbled and proud to sit in Justice Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court,”he said.
Kavanaugh also thanked McConnell for his “leadership and steady resolve” and the “wisdom and fairness”of Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley
He also singled out Senators Jon Kyl, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and Joe Manchin for gratitude.
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