Trump calls Kavanaugh sexual assault claims a hoax

Lester Mason
October 9, 2018

Donald Trump has said newly-confirmed supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault or misconduct by three women, was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats". Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza.

On Monday evening Kavanaugh, 53, joined family members, friends and President Trump at the White House for a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony, where the new justice tried to ease the partisan wounds from his confirmation process.

Trump continued: "And with that I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent".

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh on behalf of the entire court, wishing him the traditional "long and happy career in our common calling". Throughout his exceptionally turbulent confirmation process, Kavanaugh touted his long history of empowering women in the workplace, pointing out how he's actually practiced what so many others preach. It will be a moment that conservatives have dreamed of for decades, with five solidly conservative justices on the bench. On Wednesday, the only other day of arguments this week, the court will hear another two hours of arguments.

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.

Christine Blasey Ford's bombshell interview with The Washington Post and her emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee threatened to upend the nomination after she accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school. In an effort to avoid the look of being too partisan, Supreme Court justices don't often take the oath at the White House.

The oral arguments on Tuesday concern the 1984 Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" criminal sentencing law that boosts prison sentences after multiple violent felonies or drug offenses.

Seated on the far right end of the bench, Kavanaugh listened alongside his eight colleagues to Stokeling v. Next to him will be Justice Elena Kagan, who hired him to teach at Harvard Law when she served as dean.

WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald Trump apologized to Brett Kavanaugh for the bitter battle over his confirmation to the Supreme Court and declared him "innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that almost derailed his nomination.

But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a markedly more conciliatory tone. Kavanaugh denied those allegations.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy.

Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.

Arguments will resume Wednesday in separate cases, one involving the detention of undocumented immigrants.

Part of the duties of the junior justice include taking notes at the weekly closed-door conferences, where current appeals are voted on and pending cases are added to the docket.

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