Trump declares Kavanaugh 'proven innocent', internet calls him out

Trump declares Kavanaugh 'proven innocent', internet calls him out

Trump declares Kavanaugh 'proven innocent', internet calls him out

President Donald Trump prepared a triumphant swearing-in ceremony for his new conservative Supreme Court justice Monday and called sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh a "hoax".

It's Trump's particular choice of wording that has the internet up in arms. Kavanaugh had said during his confirmation hearing in September that he would hire an all female clerk if confirmed.

Kavanaugh's critics, unhappy with the Senate process, Kavanaugh's record and the way sexual assault allegations were handled, still plan to continue their protests against him.

On social media, people took issue with the use of the words "proven innocent".

Mr Kavanaugh is expected to push the court further to the right as he is replacing Justice Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes voted with the liberal justices on key social issues including in cases involving abortion and gay rights.

Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court as his wife Ashley holds the Bible.

Trump's ceremony speech hammered a theme he has been hitting on all week: hoping to energize Republicans by attacking Democrats for opposing Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh had served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington since 2006.

The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process", Trump said.

Speaking before well-wishers, Kavanaugh said that while the confirmation process "tested" him, his "approach" remains the same.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", he said in his earlier comments outside the White House.

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

Kavanaugh gave a forceful, emotional denial of those allegations during testimony before lawmakers that some Democrats said showed a lack of judicial temperament.

Kavanaugh, whose bid to join the top USA court almost failed after a California professor accused him of assaulting her when they were in high school, said he would enter his new job without bitterness despite a political fight that he told lawmakers had destroyed his family and his name. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The new Supreme Court justice himself sought to leave the controversy behind, promising to be a "team player" on the nine-member court, and a "great justice for all Americans".

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen. They included a case about a potential habitat for an endangered frog and another about an Alabama death row inmate whose lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because dementia has left him unable to remember his crime.

"The American public has seen this charade, and it was a disgrace".

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