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Trump stokes tensions over confirmation battle as Kavanaugh set to take seat on the bench

President Donald Trump watches as Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, surrounded by his wife and two daughters, is sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Foto: Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump further politicized an already contentious Supreme Court confirmation battle Monday evening, beginning a ceremonial swearing in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by apologizing to both Kavanaugh and his family "for the terrible pain and suffering" he said they were forced to endure.

"Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception," Trump said in the East Room of the White House. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process."..

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