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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday approved Brett Kavanaugh Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court

"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".

At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he'd been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through U.S. politics.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said.

Grassley and McConnell worked together to help confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Before hearing arguments on Tuesday, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change. And it comes less than a month before pivotal midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress.

The Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote on October 6, concluding a bitter confirmation battle with exactly one month left before the midterm election on November 6. "It is not a partisan or political institution", said Kavanaugh, who was to take up his seat on the nine-member bench on October 9. The President's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonising political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

His attempt to frame his apology to Kavanaugh as coming on behalf of the entire nation also overlooks public antipathy toward the nominee.

The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters between October 7 and October 8. But he says the controversy over Kavanaugh could end up helping Republicans by generating more enthusiasm among GOP voters who feel he was mistreated.

The Republican president condemned Democratic calls to impeach the judge as an "insult to the American public". His message resonated closely with those who were uncomfortable with what gender norms could look like in America under Clinton, the first woman to win a major-party presidential nomination. "The Supreme Court is an institution of law - it is not a partisan or political institution". Kavanaugh was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters.

As he left the White House for an event in Florida on Monday, Mr Trump said: "So I've been hearing that now they're thinking about impeaching a brilliant jurist". Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 82-year-old jurist who Kavanaugh replaced, was in the courtroom, as were members of the new justice's family.

Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act. Every sitting member of the Supreme Court was present at the ceremony.

Fifty-six percent of all voters polled said that they are angry about the way the Senate treated Ford, with 35 percent of all voters polled who said they are "very angry".