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.
He was referring to the acrimonious debate over Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, after sexual assault allegations were made against him.
"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional", Justice Kavanaugh said.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in -again - at an event at the White House, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction".
During the public swearing-in ceremony, President Donald Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".
According to Deadline, Kimmel joked that Trump is "flying extra high today after the confirmation of beer-battered Brett Kavanaugh, who is now on the United States Supreme Court despite all of the stuff you know about".
Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 82-year-old jurist who Kavanaugh replaced, was in the courtroom, as were members of the new justice's family.
Collins, a four-term USA senator, cast what was a crucial vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
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A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.
With police standing by, a handful of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".
Kavanaugh's nomination had appeared safe until Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland. The result is a tacit endorsement of Kavanaugh's ruling on the limit of executive power in agency law, one that sets a precedent for future court cases unless the Supreme Court chooses to revisit it.
He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".
Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen. The new justice's four clerks all are women, the first time that has happened.
"His confirmation is an inflection point in the history of the court; there is no pretending any more that the court is an apolitical institution", Fallon said. He took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on Saturday evening.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings. There are 100 Senators, two from each state, and Republicans now hold a razor thin majority with 51 seats.
Republicans argue that the controversy over Kavanaugh has engaged conservative voters who otherwise have been apathetic to the midterm elections.