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After Life-Destroying Allegations And Torment, Trump Delivers Unexpected Surprise To The Kavanaughs



I happened to catch the swearing-in ceremony for Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh yesterday at the White House. After suffering life-destroying allegations, lies, torment, and defamation, Kavanaugh and President Trump were both inspiring in their presentations. And Trump had an unexpected surprise for the Kavanaughs.

The ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House Monday evening. It was historic. Made even more so because for the first time in my life I witnessed a sitting president apologize publicly. Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family “on behalf of our nation” for what he called a desperate Democrat-led campaign of “lies and deception” intent on derailing his confirmation. It was that and so much more.

“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Trump began.

“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. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process. In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty,” President Trump said.

President Trump went on to state that “under historic scrutiny,” Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent.” I agree with that wholeheartedly. None of the charges against Kavanaugh held up under scrutiny and none were corroborated in the least. But that is not stopping the Democrats from still threatening further investigations and an attempted impeachment of Kavanaugh. They will be stopped but it is a disturbing indicator nonetheless.

Kavanaugh was subjected to sustained, raucous applause, just as President Trump was. The mood was festive and victorious in that room. Trump was flanked by Kavanaugh and former Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who hired Kavanaugh as a law clerk from 1993 to 1994. The other eight Supreme Court justices were in attendance as well. Kavanaugh’s parents, wife and two daughters were also there.

I observed Clarence Thomas sandwiched between Roberts and Ginsburg. He appeared to be leaning towards Roberts not wanting to touch Ginsburg. Which may not be fair, but it still looked that way. Ginsburg appeared incredibly frail and I don’t see how she can stay a justice much longer. She is 85 now and in failing health.

From Fox News:

“Trump thanked top Republicans for spearheading Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and particularly praised Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins. Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court appeared certain only after Collins delivered a dramatic, point-by-point explanation of her vote for Kavanaugh in a floor speech on Friday afternoon. “We are indebted to Susan Collins for her brave and eloquent speech,” Trump said.

“The president also led a standing ovation for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., whom he called a “great” leader who has done an “incredible job for the American people.” Under McConnell, Republicans have now confirmed 26 federal appellate judges and two Supreme Court justices. (Kavanaugh’s rise to the Supreme Court creates a new vacancy on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he had served for 12 years.)

“At the conclusion of Trump’s remarks, Kennedy administered the oath to Kavanaugh as his family looked on, and the room again broke out into sustained applause. As Trump noted, it was the first time a Supreme Court justice has ever sworn in his former clerk to take his seat.

“Taking the podium as the Supreme Court’s newest justice, Kavanaugh acknowledged the partisan rancor that surrounded his confirmation and gripped the nation over the past two months. “I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness,” he said.

“All nine of us revere the Constitution,” Kavanaugh continued, referring to his new colleagues. “The Supreme Court is an institution of law. It is not a partisan or political institution. The justices do not sit on opposite sides of the aisle. … The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player on a team of nine.”

“At times emotional, Kavanaugh praised his “amazing” and “fearless” friends for standing by him, and said that his focus now is “to be the best justice I can be.”

“My goal is to be a great justice, for all Americans, and for all of America,” Kavanaugh said. “I will work very hard to achieve that goal. I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but one nation.”

“He vowed to continue to “coach, teach, and tutor” — a notable promise, given that student backlash at Harvard Law School last week prompted Kavanaugh to withdraw from teaching a planned course there.

“I am an optimist. I live on the sunrise side of the mountain,” Kavanaugh said, echoing a line from his fiery testimony last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I see the day that is coming, not the day that has gone.'”

Despite mud-slinging, false allegations and the worst smear campaign I have ever seen, Brett Kavanaugh will now sit on the high court. The vote to confirm him was along party lines – 50 to 48. And just like that, Kavanaugh became the 114th Supreme Court justice. It was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

The new justice was “caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats,” Trump said as he left the White House earlier Monday for a quick trip to Florida. “It was all made up, it was fabricated and it’s a disgrace.” There’s no arguing with that statement.

Mitch McConnell on Sunday praised his fellow GOP senators, who he said re-established the “presumption of innocence” in confirmation hearings. “We stood up to the mob,” he added. That they did and should do much more often.

Congratulations to Justice Kavanaugh. The Supreme Court will now lean right for a generation or more. And President Trump may not be done with nominees just yet… Ginsburg anyone?



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