Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh and declares him 'proven innocent'

The Senate is the upper chamber of the US Congress

The Senate is the upper chamber of the US Congress Credit AFP

President Donald Trump apologized to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for "the bad pain and suffering" he and his family were "forced to endure" during his confirmation process, at a ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House on Monday evening. It saddens me. Because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government.

Tuesday's cases involved the 1984 Armed Career Criminal Act, a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" criminal sentencing law that boosts prison sentences for people who are convicted of crimes involving guns if they have previously been convicted of certain other crimes.

Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court today after he was sworn in at a private ceremony on Saturday and a public ceremony on Monday, report the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post in stories here and here. Feinstein, mocking her handling of the accusations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"I have never been convinced that rallies and candidate events move the needle all that much", Kondik said.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Washington, D.C. maybe become "uninhabitable for a while" if the Democrats do not retake the House in November's midterm elections.

He added that he's "proud she is in the Republican conference".

The party that holds the White House typically loses seats in midterm congressional elections.

"That's a beauty. 'Did you leak the documents?' She goes 'no'".

"To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely hard and often hostile circumstances, we really can't thank them enough", he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor.

But in her statement explaining her vote, she said that although she thought Kavanaugh was a "good man", she "could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time".

Kavanaugh thanked some of the senators key to his confirmation, including Maine Republican Susan Collins and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who sealed the bare majority needed to confirm him.

The all-male line-up on the Republican side drew attention during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college.

"How about Senator Feinstein".

Kavanaugh posed questions to lawyers in both cases before the court, his first one coming about 20 minutes into the arguments.

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

Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has denied leaking the letter that led to a delay in Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings and said that she respected Ford's request to remain anonymous.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) said its National Sexual Assault Hotline had a 338 percent increase in traffic between Thursday, September 27 - the day Ford testified regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh - and the following Sunday.

Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters who are Very Angry about the treatment of Kavanaugh are more likely to vote in the upcoming elections.

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