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U.S. president Donald Trump has apologised to new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the "terrible suffering" they were "forced" to endure, saying the "fair-minded" judge deserves a dignified evaluation and not a campaign based on lies and deception.

President Trump thanked his Republican constituents on Monday for standing by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh throughout his tumultuous confirmation process.

Trump is apologizing to Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful suffering you have been forced to endure".

Kavanaugh could not be impeached on the grounds of the accusation by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault 36 years ago, because it pertains to alleged actions as a private citizen, Dershowitz explained in an interview with Fox News.

A spokesperson at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works on House races, said it saw a 418 percent increase in online donations in the first week of October - when Kavanaugh was undergoing an FBI investigation - compared to the first week of September.

Kavanaugh is expected to push the court further to the right as he is replacing Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes voted with the liberal justices on key social issues such as abortion and gay rights.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who also attended the new justice's first day on the bench.

"Thank you Susan Collins for thoughtfully reviewing Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record and weighing the evidence, and for being a reasonable voice during this incredibly divisive time", Carrie Severino, the group's chief counsel and policy director, said in a press release accompanying the news.

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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".

"I´ve always been told it´s the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body.

Kavanaugh sought to play down the political maelstrom that surrounded his confirmation, and said he would serve "one nation". Both men testified about their respect for Supreme Court precedent, though Gorsuch already has been in the majority to overrule four high-court rulings.

There was a long line of people hoping to see Kavanaugh's first appearance. He noted that his newly hired law clerks were all women, which he said was a historic first at the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit". Joe Manchin of West Virginia. But when asked again Sunday about it, he said different rules might apply if the same party controls the Senate and White House.

That could put the Iowa Republican at odds with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


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