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Brett Kavanaugh Speaks at Swearing-In Ceremony: Confirmation Process ‘Tested Me,’ But ‘Did Not Change Me’

Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke at the swearing-in ceremony held by President Donald Trump tonight, and right at the top he thanked the President for his unwavering support.

He also took a moment to thank some of the Republican senators who supported and/or defended him, though he also mentioned one Democrat in particular:

“I thank the members of the United States Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his leadership and steady resolve. I thank Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley for his wisdom and fairness, and I give special gratitude to senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin , John Kyl, and Lindsey Graham. They’re a credit to the country and the Senate. I’ll be forever grateful to each of them and to all the senators who carefully considered my nomination.”

At one point he said, “Inspired by my mom, who was a trailblazer for women in the law, I’ve worked hard throughout my career to promote the advancement of women. Women still face many barriers in the American workplace, and all of us have a responsibility to address that problem. During my twelve years on the D.C. Circuit, a majority of my law clerks were women and almost all of them went on to clerk at the Supreme Court. A clerkship on the Supreme Court is one of the most coveted achievements and credentials in American law. I’m proud that all four of my newly hired law clerks at the Supreme Court are women.”

And Kavanaugh once again, as he did in the Wall Street Journal op-ed he wrote, assured he would be a fair-minded justice, following concerns about his temperament after the Senate hearing:

“The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional. That process is over. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be. I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness. 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. I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but to serve one nation. America’s constitution and laws protect every person of every belief and every background. Every litigant in the Supreme Court can be assured that I will listen to their arguments with respect and an open mind. Every American can be assured that I will be an independent and impartial justice, devoted to equal justice under law. Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me. My approach to judging remains the same. A good judge must be an umpire, a neutral and impartial decider who favors no litigant or policy.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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