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WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald Trump apologized to Brett Kavanaugh for the bitter battle over his confirmation to the Supreme Court and declared him "innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that almost derailed his nomination.

President Trump announced during a a political rally in Iowa Tuesday that his administration will allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a perk for farmers anxious about Trump's trade wars and a setback for those concerned about the effects of ethanol on the environment.

Brett Kavanaugh will hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice Tuesday morning in Washington, his first day on the new job after a contentious nomination process.

Trump showed he still considers the nomination row a political battle. Before the ceremony, he´d described opposition Democrats as "evil" and the sexual assault claims as a "hoax".

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said, addressing the bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination that became a firestorm after the emergence of sexual misconduct allegations, which Kavanaugh emphatically denied. "I thought it was a disgrace".

McConnell says he thinks the Kavanaugh fight contributed to Republican voters "getting more interested" in the midterm elections.

"One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, 'Mr". "You know what they're talking about and packing their courts with radical judges to overrule the will of the American people". Instead, the former D.C. Circuit judge missed the first week of arguments as the Senate considered an allegation that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school.

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote.

Late Monday, Trump was set to rub salt into opponents' wounds by hosting a formal swearing-in ceremony.

Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday.

Trump appeared to be in a good mood, fresh off the confirmation of Kavanaugh, but his lightheartedness turned darker when he spoke of Democrats and the stakes of the election.

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he told the police audience. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle.

The initial focus of opposition was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

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. "Of course, they want to destroy me too", Trump told a cheering crowd at an arena in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a city near Omaha, Nebraska. "Don't I? - even though we've done nothing wrong other than create one of the greatest economies in the history of the world".

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