President Donald Trump apologized on national TV to Brett Kavanaugh for the "pain and suffering" to which he was subjected during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, declaring on national TV that Kavanaugh had been "found innocent". And pundits presumed POTUS meant to take a victory lap after his nominee got the Senate's stamp of approval by a slim 50-48 margin following a very divisive confirmation battle, in which Kavanaugh faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations, but especially that he had sexually assaulted Ford when he was in high school.
Mr Trump said every notion of fairness and decency had been broken, and berated the "the awful suffering" the judge had been forced to endure, adding that "under historic scrutiny", he had been "proven innocent".
Trump predicted that Democrats would pay a price in the Midterm elections. However, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan did not offer remarks during their respective swearing-in ceremonies, opting, instead, to speak at receptions with then-President Barack Obama regarding their appointments.
Trump made his comments as he left the White House en route to an event with law enforcement officials in Florida, where he devoted a segment of his comments to Kavanaugh. Only one Democrat voted for Mr Trump's nominee. Every sitting member of the Supreme Court was present at the ceremony. The U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm him, with just one Democrat supporting him. "I'm proud that all four of my newly hired law clerks at the Supreme Court are women". "A brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats' lawyers, and now they want to impeach him".
Democrats have said that an FBI investigation into the allegations that Trump ordered was too limited in scope to be useful.
He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".
Addressing the convention of International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando Monday afternoon, Trump again painted Kavanaugh as a victim.
"The first lady regrets that she will not be able to celebrate with the Kavanaugh family on such a special evening, but she has a longstanding prior commitment she was unable to change at the last minute", the first lady's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement first obtained by CNN.
McConnell signaled he's willing to take up another high court nomination in the 2020 presidential election season should another vacancy arise.
After being announced on stage, Mr Kavanaugh thanked President Trump "for everything".
Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with several seats up for grabs in November.