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Trump Apologizes To Kavanaugh For Enduring "Campaign Of Lies"


President Donald Trump apologized to the new Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for enduring "terrible suffering" over a "campaign of lies" during the prolonged and controversial Senate confirmation process.

Despite facing multiple sexual assault allegations and rigorous questioning by Senators, especially by Democrats, the 53-year old federal appeals court judge was narrowly confirmed by the Senate last week in a 50 to 48 vote.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University, had accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her on the sidelines of a party in Maryland more than three decades ago, when they were teenagers.

Later, 53-year old Deborah Ramirez alleged she had endured sexual misconduct from Kavanaugh when he was her classmate at Yale University.

Kavanaugh denied the accusations, and described the allegations raised against him as part of a coordinated effort to destroy his good name.

Speaking at a White House ceremony on Monday to mark his promotion to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court following an official swearing-in over the weekend, Trump offered his apology.

"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," Trump told the gathering in the East Room of the White House. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process."

Trump thanked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and all the Republican senators on the committee who fought hard for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Trump said Kavanaugh is "a man of outstanding intellect, a brilliant scholar, and his credentials are unsurpassed."

For the last 12 years, Kavanaugh was a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he authored over 300 opinions.

Justice Kavanaugh fills the place left by Justice Anthony Kennedy, under whom he served as law clerk in 1993.

Speaking after Trump, Kavanaugh said the Supreme Court is a team of nine and claimed he will always be a team player.

Referring to the "contentious and emotional" Senate confirmation process, he said he takes the new office with gratitude and no bitterness and that his focus now is to be "a great Justice for all Americans."

He assured every litigant in the Supreme Court that he will listen to their arguments with respect and an open mind.

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