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Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh on 'behalf of our nation,' says judge 'proven innocent'

Monday - 08/10/2018 23:17
he president's unusual remarks came at the White House ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for the new Supreme Court justice on Monday night.
Kavanaugh, who was officially sworn in to the Supreme Court on Saturday, was accompanied by his wife and two daughters at the ceremonial White House event.Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images
Kavanaugh, who was officially sworn in to the Supreme Court on Saturday, was accompanied by his wife and two daughters at the ceremonial White House event.Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, at the White House ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, offered an unusual apology to the judge and his family for his experience during the confirmation process.

"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 said, adding that the confirmation process was based on "lies and deception."

"You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent," said Trump, as Kavanaugh and his wife daughters and parents looked on at the event broadcast live and attended by all the other Supreme Court justices, congressional leaders and administration officials.

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