Trump apologises to Kavanaugh over 'unfair' treatment

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U.S. President Donald Trump condemned calls to impeach newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as an "insult to the American public".

Congratulations, ladies. Conservatives generally - and quite rightly - eschew identity politics, but it's nevertheless striking to watch the Left's poster child for misogyny set a pro-women record with his very first batch of hires.

Kavanaugh, noting that the court "is not a partisan or political institution", vowed to "always be a team player on a team of nine".

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in.

The president's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonizing political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

The statement said the D.C. Circuit complaints "do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", an apparent indication that the D.C. Circuit would not take any action on the complaints, the National Law Journal reports.

Kavanaugh emphasized he will be an "independent" and "impartial" justice on the nation's highest court.

The president said Kavanaugh overcame intense scrutiny by Democrats who considered him guilty and didn't want to give him due process.

"We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling", Roberts said.

A grinning Kavanaugh chatted amicably with his new benchmate Justice Elena Kagan.

President Trump, however, began the ceremony with a sharp partisan rebuke.

The arguments commenced in separate cases dealing with whether certain federal felons can receive longer prison sentences if they committed prior "violent offenses". He jumped in with his first question after most of the other justices had spoken.

Kavanaugh's first question was technical in nature.

He asserted that "we simply followed the tradition of America". "Why wouldn't that encompass the Florida statute (where the offenses took place)?" From time to time, Kavanaugh put on reading glasses to glance at papers in front of him. He glanced a couple of times over to the guest gallery. One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

Both Republicans and Democrats are looking to harness the anger generated by Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court ahead of the midterm elections.

The new justice said Monday that his two daughters are expected to be in the courtroom Tuesday as their father and his new colleagues were hearing arguments. He already has been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday. Justice Samuel Alito spoke at his swearing-in as well.

The justices privately made the decision to reject the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation, and announced the action on Tuesday.

And he will serve on the court's internal Cafeteria Committee, where such agenda items as dessert selections and diner complaints will be discussed. The 2-1 ruling threw out the rule issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during Obama's presidency.

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