US President Donald Trump swore in Brett Kavanaugh as the ninth justice on the Supreme Court with an apology for what he was made to go through during his confirmation, but the new justice seemed to have moved on as he pledged to be a “great justice for all Americans and for all of America”.
Kavanaugh said the confirmation process was “contentious” and though it tested him, it “did not change me”.
With his family standing by with the president, he said at a White House event on Monday, “My focus now is to be the best justice I can be. I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness. On the Supreme Court, I will seek to be a force for stability and unity. My goal is to be a great justice for all Americans and for all of America. I will work very hard to achieve that goal.”
But President Trump would not let go of it, as Republicans prepare to use the issue to rally voters for the mid-term election at which control of both chambers of US Congress is at stake. “I would like to begin tonight’s proceeding differently,” he said at the start of his speech. “On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.”