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10 October 2018

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell disagree on whether the GOP would try to confirm a Supreme Court justice in a presidential election year, something they prevented Democrats from doing in 2016.

The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh "a long and happy career in our common calling".

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said, addressing the bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination that became a firestorm after the emergence of sexual misconduct allegations, which Kavanaugh emphatically denied.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters about an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 4, 2018.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California speaks to the media in Washington DC
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California speaks to the media in Washington DC

President Donald Trump stood behind him and declared Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" in a special ceremony at the White House on Monday.

Republicans have been crowing about Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, saying the nomination battle injected much-needed enthusiasm into its base and improved the party's chances in the November midterms. "They're a credit to the country and the Senate", Kavanaugh said.

As Justice Kavanaugh settles into his lifetime seat on the bench of the nation's highest court, the left remains angry.

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote.

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Trump is apologizing to Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful suffering you have been forced to endure".

"The start of Brett Kavanaugh's tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another, the webpage reads".

"Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly".

He protested he accepts the office with "gratitude and no bitterness". It capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago.

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"It is very hard I think for a member of the public to look at what goes on in confirmation hearings these days, which is a very sharp conflict in political terms between Democrats and Republicans, and not think that the person who comes out of that process must similarly share that partisan view of public issues and public life".

His ascent to the court was sealed by a 50-48 Senate vote on Saturday.

At a recent event in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan offered a similar take. He had already hired four law clerks, all women.

Kavanaugh can be expected to cast crucial votes on those issues as well as gun control, immigration, voting rights and others.

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After the allegations against Kavanaugh were scrutinized, principled Americans saw that it was wrong to presume Kavanaugh guilty without evidence and permit the Democrats to assassinate his character. links to resources for sexual assault survivors