Lest we forget who the real victim is, President Donald Trump is here to remind us.
The president apologized to the newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for “the terrible pain and suffering” he and his family were “forced to endure” during his contentious confirmation process.
Trump made his comments during a ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House on Monday evening, according to CNN
, noting “What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process.”
“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,” he added.
The president claimed that a man or woman “must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”
“You sir,” Trump said to Kavanaugh.” Under historic scrutiny were proven innocent.”
All current members of the Supreme Court were present at the ceremony on Monday evening held in the East Room.
Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate over the weekend
after a contentious process highlighted by allegations of sexual assault by three women.
In his own speech, Kavanaugh noted that the process “tested” him, but it did not change him.
“My approach to judging remains the same,” he claimed, reiterating that he intends to be an “independent” and “impartial” justice.
“The Supreme Court is an institution of law — it is not a partisan or political institution. The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle,” he said.
“The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional,” he added. “That process is over. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be.”
Justice Kavanaugh also took time to point out that the first group of clerks he hired as a justice are all women, becoming the first Justice to do so in the history of the Supreme Court.