Supreme CourtJustice Brett M. Kavanaugh said Monday night that he holds “no bitterness” over his bruising confirmation battle, speaking at a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House that capped a week of victories for President Trump and gave a major boost to Republicans heading into midterm elections.

“The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional,” Justice Kavanaugh told a packed East Room that included all sitting Supreme Court justices. “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.”

Although the nation’s 114th justice professed no ill will over Democrats’ handling of his nomination, Mr. Trump publicly apologized to him for the “campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception.”

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