President Trump offered a public apology to Brett Kavanaugh on Monday evening for the humiliation that his wife and daughters were subjected to during one of the most brutal battles over a Supreme Court seat that the nation has ever seen.
Trump in remarks from the East Room before the newest addition to the court’s ceremonial swearing-in said he was sorry that Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, and his daughters, Margaret and Liza, had to witness their father deny a slew of sexual assault allegations on national television.
‘On behalf of our nation, I would like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,’ the president said during a primetime address.
Trump said Kavanaugh deserved ‘a fair and dignified evaluation’ not the ‘campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception’ that he was hit with by Democrats.
‘A man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty,’ the president said to applause from supporters and staff stuffed into the room. ‘You, sir, under historic scrutiny were proven innocent,’ Trump declared.
Addressing the controversy around his appointment, Kavanaugh admitted that it had ‘tested’ him in remarks of his own after his second swearing-in this week but he insisted there is ‘no bitterness’ in the speech before his peers that brought tears to his eyes.
‘The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional. That process is over,’ he said. ‘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.’