Washington DC [USA]: Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at the White House, United States President Donald Trump on Monday apologised to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the “terrible pain and suffering” that Kavanaugh and his family were subjected to because of the sexual assault allegations.
During the confirmation process, Trump referred to the allegations made by research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford. Christine Blasey Ford had earlier spoken before the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling Kavanaugh as: “the boy who sexually assaulted me.” As per Ford’s allegations, Kavanaugh had sexually harassed her at a party in 1982 during their high school days. Another accuser -Deborah Ramirez – stated that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her during their freshman year at Yale University. Kavanaugh, however, claimed all the allegations to be false.
According to a report by CNN, Trump was quoted as saying, “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.”
Trump added that everyone in the country “must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty”. Speaking in the favour of Kavanaugh, Trump said, “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.” Kavanaugh in return thanked the US President for his “steadfast” and “unwavering” support.
After a final vote on the nomination was confirmed by the Senate, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn-in as the associate justice in the Supreme Court of the United States on Saturday. The final vote for Kavanaugh stood at 50-48 which proved to be an advantage for Trump in view of the upcoming mid-term elections which is a month due.