Trump apologises to Kavanaugh and declares him 'proven innocent'

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh participates in his ceremonial public swearing-in as he is watched by daughters Liza and Margaret and US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington US

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh participates in his ceremonial public swearing-in as he is watched by daughters Liza and Margaret and US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington US

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has been nominated for a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus award. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle.

Speaking later on Monday afternoon Trump amplified his views about Kavanaugh's treatment by Democrats during the confirmation fight, when he gave a speech in Orlando, Florida before the International Association of Police Chiefs. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process".

Justice Kavanaugh also faces more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints over his public statements as a nominee to the Supreme Court.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said, sticking a shiv in Democrats and Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump noted that Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, was in the East Room audience at the White House, along with his two daughters Liza and Margaret.

At the official swearing-in event at the White House on Monday, Trump said Kavanaugh had been a victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception" adding that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent".

Kavanaugh said he already has hired his first four law clerks, noting that he is the first justice to employ a team entirely made up of women.

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy on the bench. Almost two-thirds, or 63%, of likely women voters said they will vote for the Democratic congressional nominee in November, compared to 33% of likely women voters who said they'll vote Republican. But in the context of that broad public opposition, Trump's gesture should be seen as one more big, unfurled middle finger in the faces of millions of Americans who found this whole affair deeply wrenching, and thought the claims against Kavanaugh merited good-faith consideration as part of a broader societal shift towards taking sexual assault seriously.

Kavanaugh, Kimmel noted, was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881. With Kavanaugh's ascent to the nine-member high court, Trump now has filled two vacancies on the court from his list, including Neil Gorsuch previous year.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures. 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.

The Supreme Court will be hearing a case about an immigrant who has a prior criminal record but is now out of prison.