US President Donald Trump has said it is "an insult to the American public" for Democrats to consider impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and claimed the allegations made against him were a hoax.
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Kavanaugh's nomination boosted an already overheated role for Democratic female voters, particularly decadesold sexual assault allegations that fit into the #MeToo movement and the judge's conservative legal approach that legal experts expect to chip away at access to abortion.
"On behalf of the nation, I'd like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", Trump said, acknowledging that his words were "unusual".
Mr Kavanaugh returned to the White House for a televised appearance on Monday (local time) with Mr Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections.
"The tactics that have been employed both by Judiciary Committee Democratic senators and by the virtual mob that's assaulted all of us in the course of this process, has turned our base on fire", said McConnell.
The ceremonial follow-up event is fairly unusual for new justices.
Kavanaugh, now the country's 114th Supreme Court justice, could give conservatives a solid 5-4 ideological edge on the court and shape rulings for decades.
For his part, Kavanaugh isn't likely to bring a partisan attitude to the court, says retired Washington appellate lawyer Maureen Mahoney.
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"All these angry people out there, they know that it is the people who are sitting in the Senate that they've elected who are making these decisions and they're going to go to the polls and they're going to vote differently", warned Sen.
Two years after Barack Obama won the presidency, so many liberal-leaning voters failed to show up during the midterm elections that Republicans took control of the US House. "He's a flawless person".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after the final Senate vote that Kavanaugh's appointment had a "good impact" for Republicans. "The best student, the best scholar, the great intellect, incredible record over many years". "We toughed it out together".
But Monday marked the first time Trump has assigned a motive to Democrats or suggested the claims of any of Kavanaugh's accusers were intentional fiction.
Kavanaugh was officially sworn in Saturday night following the 50-48 vote in which he was confirmed by the Senate.
And I will always be a team player on the team of nine.
President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to say the Federal Bureau of Investigation report vindicated his nominee and expressed optimism about Republican chances in the November midterm elections, where control of the House of Representatives and Senate could be at stake.
As Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Contemplation of Justice statue.