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about the to talk female vote. virgil cross.m he says that today will go down as one of the greatest days in history. to all of you, for your calls, tweets, we s, your thank you. in case you missed it, from 7 the east room of the ceremonial of brett kavanaugh. on hand the other eight justices and membersme court f the senate along with brett kavanaugh's family. rom kr span's last -- from c-span's last hour. this is the coverage.
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(applause). >> ladies and gentlemen, the
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president of the united states, by the honorable justice . kennedy and brett m. kavanaugh.
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>> thank you very much. thank you. members of ongress, the cabinet, and fellow it is a privilege to ddress you tonight in the east room of the white house. we're gathered together this truly momentous occasion. the e long been told that most important decision a
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resident can make is the appointment of a supreme court justice. well, in just a few moments we newestoudly swear in the member of the united states court, justice brett kavanaugh. (applause). joining us for tonight's eremony is every sitting supreme court justice, chief justice roberts. thank you. justice thomas. thank you. ginsburg. thank you. breyer.
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justice alito. justice sotomayor. thank you. justice kagan. thank you. justice gorsuch. would also like to send our eep appreciation to maureen, the wife of the late, great and also to our mcgahn.use counsel done thank you. we are thrilled to be joined justice justice anthony
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kennedy. justice kennedy, america owes you a profound debt of gratitude for a lifetime of novel service our nation, and i want to thank you very much. thank you. a very special and treasured tsh e have very special and treasured guests are justice kavanaugh's amazing wife ashley. thank you, ashley. and their two beautiful margaret and liza. (applause). >> and we are also joined by
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[applause]vanaugh's mom and dad, i would like to begin tonight's preceding differently than perhaps ever any event of such magnitude. on behalf of our nation, i want to apologize to britain and the entire cavanaugh family for the terrible pain in suffering you have been forced to endure. those who stepped forward to serve our country deserve a fair not agnified evaluation, campaign of political and personal instruction based on lies and deception. what happened to the cavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and a due process. our country, a man or a woman, must always be resumed in the
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sense and less and until proven guilty. [applause] pres. trump: with that, i must state that with historic certainty, use or were proven innocent. thank you. [applause] margaret and liza, your father is a great man, i meant of decency, character, kindness and courage who has two -- who has devoted his life to serving his fellow citizens. from the bench of our nations highest court, your father will defended the internal -- the internal rights
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and freedoms of all americans. you know that. [applause] pres. trump: we are joined tonight by a leader who has never wavered in his support and devotion to the rule of law, and to brett kavanaugh's elevation. he worked very, very hard, and he truly has done just an incredible and wonderful job for the american people. majority leader mitch mcconnell. stand up. [applause] pres. trump: i think that is the
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biggest hand he is ever received. they just don't get it, mitch. you are great. thank you. very much appreciated. i would like to thank another man whose principled leadership has earned widespread appreciation, senator chuck grassley. thank you, chuck. [applause] we are grateful to all of the senators on the judiciary committee who fought so hard for this confirmation. senators lindsey graham, john cornyn, orrin hatch, mike lee, ,ed cruz, ben says, jeff flake mike crapo, tom tillis, and john kennedy. [applause]
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pres. trump: thank you also to rob portman, sitting right here. [applause] pres. trump: and finally, we are indebted to senator susan collins, for her brave and eloquent speech, and her declaration that when passions are most inflamed, fairness is most in jeopardy. how true, how true. how true. [applause] kavanaugh isbrett a man of outstanding intellect, a brilliant scholar, and his credentials are unsurpassed. a graduate of both heal college and yield law school -- yale college and law school, he has taught at yale and georgetown.
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he spent 26 years of public service, and just like justice gorsuch, he clerked for justice kennedy. for the last 12 years, he was a judge on the d.c. circuit court of appeals, widely regarded as our nations second-highest court. during his tenure, he authored over 300 opinions, distinguished by their masterful and impartial reasoning. judge, he is aes fair-minded, unbiased, and evenhanded person. that justice must be divorced from the passions of the day, tethered instead to the enduring foundation of our republic, the constitution. justice kavanaugh fills the place left by anthony kennedy. soon, justice kennedy will administer the judicial oath to
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brett kavanaugh, just as he did last year for justice gorsuch. this will be the first time a supreme court justice has ever sworn in a former clerk to take his seat. a beautiful moment which reminds us that freedom is a tradition passed down from generation to generation, and that is a big statement. i want to thank you for that, so much. so beautiful. so beautiful. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. and liza's presence what thisminds us historic event all about your father is all about. it's about will cut of a nation we are going to be and what kind of a country our children will inherit. it is up to each of us, and to
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all americans watching tonight, to answer that question. it is up to us to reclaim our heritage of equal and impartial justice. it is up to us to rededicate ourselves through the traditions and wisdom of our founders. to renew theto us bonds of love, loyalty, and affection that link us all together as one great american family. [applause] pres. trump: let us pray we are successful in this task, and let us pray that all of america's children who grow up in a country that is fair and just and safe and strong and free, and let us ask god to bless justice kavanaugh and his family
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as they embark on this incredible journey together. i now invite justice brett kavanaugh to come forward, and to take the judicial oath. thank you very much. [applause] pres. trump: -- justice kennedy: please repeat after me. i, brett m kavanaugh, do solemnly swear. justice kavanaugh: i, brett m kavanaugh, do solemnly swear. justice kennedy: that i will serve justice without respect to person. justice kavanaugh: that i will serve justice without respect to person. justice kennedy: and that i will
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faithfully and impartially. justice kavanaugh: and that i will faithfully and impartially. justice kennedy: discharge and perform. justice kavanaugh: discharge and perform. justice kennedy: all of the duties incumbent upon me. justice kavanaugh: all of the duties incumbent on me. justice kennedy: as associate justice of the supreme court of united states. justice kavanaugh: as associate justice of the supreme court of united states. justice kennedy: under the constitution and laws of the united states. justice kavanaugh: under the constitution and laws of the united states. justice kennedy: so help me god. justice kavanaugh: so help me god. [applause]
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justice kavanaugh: mr. president, thank you for the great honor of appointing me to serve as a justice of the supreme court. i have seen firsthand your deep appreciation for the final role of the american judiciary. i am grateful for your steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process. and i am grateful to you and mrs. trump for the exceptional, overwhelming courtesy you have extended to my family and me. mr. president, thank you for everything. [applause]
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justice kavanaugh: i am honored to serve on a supreme court headed by chief justice john roberts. chief justice roberts is a principal, independent, and inspiring leader of the american judiciary. as a country, we are fortunate to have john roberts as chief justice of the united states. i am honored to serve alongside all of my new colleagues, each of whom i know, and each of whom i greatly admire and deeply respect. all nine of us revere the constitution. article three of the thetitution provides that judicial power shall be vested in once up in court -- in one supreme court.
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the supreme court is an institution of law. it is not a parson or political institution. the justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle. we do not caucus in separate rooms. the supreme court is a team of nine, and i will always be a team player on the team of nine. [applause] pres. trump: as a new justice on the supreme court, i understand the responsibility that i bear. some 30 years ago, standing here in the east room with president reagan, anthony kennedy took the oath to be a new justice of the supreme court. justice kennedy became one of the most consequential justices in american history. i served as justice kennedy's law clerk in 1993. to me, justice kennedy is a
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mentor, a friend, and a hero. on the supreme court, he was a model of collegiality. he fiercely defended the independence of the judiciary and jealously guarded the individual liberties secured by the constitution. justice kennedy established a legacy of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. i will always be humbled and proud to sit in justice kennedy seat on the supreme court -- justice kennedy's seat on the supreme court. [applause] justice kavanaugh: i think the members of the united states senate. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell for his leadership and steady resolve.
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committeediciary chairman chuck grassley for his wisdom and fairness. gratitude toecial rob portman, susan collins, joe manchin, jon kyl, and lindsey graham. they are a credit to the country and the senate. i will be forever grateful to each of them and all of the senators who carefully considered my nomination. presiding over the final vote in the senate on saturday was vice president pence. i am grateful to the vice president for his sound advice and faithful support. i think counsel to the president don mcgann, who was a warrior for fairness and performed his critical duties in the finest traditions of our constitution. [applause] justice kavanaugh: i think all of the outstanding people -- i
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the outstanding people in the white house and department of justice who worked on this nomination. one of the federal judges most important responsibilities is to higher for new law clerks each year, recent law school graduates. among the best and brightest young lawyers in america, and they become the future leaders of the legal profession. ank my former law clerks who devoted so much time in new jersey to support me during the confirmation process. -- so much time and energy to support me during the confirmation process. [applause] inspired bynaugh: my mom, who was a trailblazer for women in the law, i worked hard through my career to promote the advancement of women. women still face many barriers in the american workplace, and all of us have a responsibility
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to address that problem. during my 12 years on the d.c. circuit, the majority of my law clerks were women, and almost all of them went on to clerk at the supreme court. on the supreme court is one of the most coveted achievements and credentials and american law. i am proud that all four of my newly hired law clerks at the supreme court are women, a first in the history of the supreme court. [applause] justice kavanaugh: tonight i thank all of my friends. so many amazing and fearless school, from my high days, college, law school, clerking, the bush white house, including president george w. bush. [applause] theice kavanaugh: from
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judiciary, teaching, coaching, playing sports, the vibrant, loyal, tightknit catholic community here in the d.c. area and so many others. ashley and i are grateful for their prayers and the prayers of the thousands and thousands of people we have heard from throughout america. advice to young people or speak to students, i tell them, cherish her friends, look out for your friends, lift up your friends, love your friends. i love all of my friends. [applause] justice kavanaugh: i think my my family. thank my mom and dad are here. i was an only child.
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my dad taught me his work ethic. they have given me a lifetime of love and i am for apple -- i am forever grateful to them. [applause] justice kavanaugh: my daughters, margaret and liza, are smart, strong, awesome girls. looking forward to the upcoming basketball season. [laughter] justice kavanaugh: i think their teachers for giving them the day off tomorrow so they can come watch two cases being argued at the supreme court. [applause] justice kavanaugh: my wife ashley is a proud west texan from abilene, a graduate from public high school, and the
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university of texas allison. she is the dedicated town manager of our local community, she has a deep faith, is an awesome mom, and a great white sheet -- and a great wife. she is a rock and i think god everyday for ashley and my family. [applause] justice kavanaugh: 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
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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 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
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an umpire, a neutral and impartial the cider who favors no litigant or policy. a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. statutesust interpret as written, and a judge must interpret the constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent. in the wake of the senate confirmation process, my approach to life also remains the same. i will continue to heed the message of matthew 25. i will continue to volunteer to serve the least fortunate among us. i will to -- continue to coach, teach, and to do. i will continue to strive to be a good friend, colleague, husband, and dad. as in the past, our nation today faces challenges and divisions. but i am an optimist.
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i live on the sunrise side of the mountain. i see the day that is coming, not the day that has gone. i am optimistic about the future of america, and the future of our independent judiciary, the crown jewel of our constitutional republic. as a justice on the supreme court, i will always strive to preserve the constitution of the united states and the american rule of law. thank you all. [applause]
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[applause] ♪ gentlemen, we ask you remain in your seat until the press corps has parted the east room. thank you.
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