Joining us for tonight’s ceremony is every sitting Supreme Court justice Chief Justice Roberts Thank You Justice Thomas Justice Ginsburg Thank You Justice Breyer thank you Jesus Justice Alito justice Sotomayor Justice Kagan thank you and Justice Gorsuch I would also like to send our deep appreciation to Maureen Scalia the wife of the late great Antonin Scalia and also to.
Our White House Counsel Don McGann thank you we are thrilled to be joined this evening by Justice Anthony Kennedy Justice Kennedy America owes you a profound debt of gratitude for a lifetime of noble service to our nation and.
I want to thank you very much very special and treasured guests tonight are just as Cavanaugh’s amazing wife Ashley Thank You Ashley and there are two beautiful daughters Margaret and Liza and we are also joined by Justice Cavanaugh as mom and dad Martha and Eddie thank you I would like to begin tonight’s proceeding differently than perhaps any other event of such magnitude on behalf of our nation I want to apologize to Bret and the.
Entire Cavanaugh family for the.
Terrible pain and suffering you have been 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 what happened to the Cavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness decency and due process our country a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
And with that I must state that you sir under historic scrutiny were proven innocent thank you Margaret.
Ann Eliza your father is a great man he is a man of decency character kindness and courage who has devoted his life to serving his fellow citizens and now from the bench of our nation’s highest court your father will defend the eternal rights.
And freedoms of all Americans you know that we are joined tonight by a leader.
Who was never wavered in his support and devotion to the rule of law and to Brett Cavanaugh’s Elevation he’s worked very very hard and he truly has done just.
An incredible and wonderful job for the American people Majority Leader Mitch McConnell I think that’s the biggest hand he’s ever received they just don’t they don’t get it Mitch you’re great thank you very much appreciate it I’d like.
To thank another man whose principled leadership has earned widespread admiration chairman of the Judiciary Committee Senator Chuck Grassley Thank You Chuck 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 Ted Cruz Ben Sasse Jeff.
Flake Mike Crapo Tom Tillis and John Kennedy and thank you also to rob portman sitting right here thank you 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 red Cavanaugh is a man of outstanding intellect a brilliant scholar and his credentials are unsurpassed a graduate of both Yale College and Yale Law School he has taught at Harvard Yale and Georgetown when he’s not working or with his family he’s giving back to his community he spent 26 years in public service and just like justice Gorsuch he clerked for Justice Kennedy for the last 12 years Brett was a judge on the DC Circuit Court of.
Appeals widely regarded as our nation’s second highest court during his tenure he authored over 300 opinions distinguished by their masterful and impartial reasoning known as a judges judge he is a fair-minded unbiased and even-handed person he understands that justice must be divorced from the passions of the day tethered instead to the enduring foundation of our republic the Constitution justice Cavanaugh fills the place left by Anthony.
Kennedy will administer the judicial oath to Brett Kavanaugh but 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.
Big statement and I want to thank you.
For that so much so beautiful Margaret had Eliza’s presence tonight reminds us what his historic event all about your father is all about it’s about what kind of a nation we’re going to be and what kind of a.
Country our children will inherit it is up to each of us in to 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 to the traditions and wisdom of our.
Founders and it is up to us to renew the bonds of love loyalty.
And affection that link us all together as one great American family let us pray we are successful in this task and let us pray that all of America’s children will grow up in a country that is fair and just.
And safe and strong and free and let us ask God to bless justice Cavanaugh and his family as they embark on this incredible journey together I.
Invite justice Brett Kavanaugh to come forward and to take the.
Judicial oath thank you very.
Repeat afternoon by Brett and Cavanaugh do solemnly swear I’ve threatened Cavanaugh do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respective persons that I all use for justice without respect of persons and do equal right to the floor and to the rich and do equal right to the poor and cigarette and that I will faithfully and impartially and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge.
And discharge can perform all the duties incumbent upon me all the duties incumbent upon me as.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States under the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution laws of the United States so help me God so help me God mr. president thank you for the great honor of appointing me to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court I’ve seen firsthand your deep appreciation for.
Role of the American judiciary I am grateful for your steadfast unwavering support throughout this process and I’m 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 I’m honored to serve on a Supreme Court.
Headed by Chief Justice John Roberts Chief Justice Roberts is a principled independent and inspiring leader for the American judiciary as a country we are fortunate to have John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States I’m 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 3 of the Constitution provides that the judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court the.
Supreme Court is an institution of law it is not a partisan 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 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 mentor a friend and a hero on the Supreme Court he was a model of civility and collegiality he fiercely defended the independence of the judiciary and zealously 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’s seat on the Supreme Court I thank the members of the United States Senate Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
For his leadership and steady resolve I thank Judiciary Committee chairman chuck Grassley for his wisdom and fairness and I give special gratitude to senators Rob Portman Susan Collins Joe Manchin Jon Kyl and Lindsey Graham.
They are credit to the country in the Senate I’ll be forever grateful to each of them and.
To all the senators who carefully considered my nomination presiding over the final vote in the Senate on Saturday was vice president pence I’m grateful to the vice president for his sound advice and faithful support I thank counsel to the president Don Magan who was a warrior for fairness and performed his critical duties in the finest traditions of our Constitution I thank all the outstanding people in the White House the Department of Justice and the.
Senate who worked day and night on this nomination one of the federal judges most important responsibilities is to hire for new law clerks each year the law clerks our recent law school graduates and they work in the judge’s chambers for one year they’re among the best and brightest.
Young lawyers in America and they become the future leaders of the legal profession I thank my former law clerks who devoted so much time and energy to support me during the confirmation process inspired by.
My mom who was a trailblazer for women in the law I’ve worked hard throughout my career to provoke promote the advancement of women women still face many barriers in the American workplace and all of us have a responsibility to address.
That problem during my 12 years on the DC circuit a majority of my law clerks for women and almost all of them went on to clerk at the Supreme Court a clerkship on the Supreme Court is one of the most coveted achievements and credentials in American.
Law on 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 tonight I thank all my friends so many amazing and fearless friends from my high school days College Law School clerking the Bush White House including President.
George W Bush from the judiciary teaching coaching playing sports the vibrant loyal and tight-knit Catholic community here in the DC area and so many others Ashley and I are grateful for their prayers and for the prayers from the thousands and thousands of.
People we have heard from throughout America when I give advice to young people or speak to students I tell them cherish your friends look out for your friends lift up your friends love your friends I love all my friends I thank my family my.
Mom Martha and my dad ed are here I’m their only child my mom was one of Marilyn’s earliest women prosecutors and trial judges my dad taught me his work ethic and love of sports they’ve given me a lifetime of love and I’m forever grateful to them my daughter’s Margaret and Liza are smart strong awesome girls they’re in the middle of fall.
Across looking forward to the upcoming basketball season I thank their teachers for giving them the day.
Can come watch two cases being argued at the Supreme.
Court my wife Ashley is a proud west Texan from.
Abilene Texas graduate of Abilene Cooper public high school University.
Of Texas at Austin she’s the dedicated town manager of our local community she’s got a deep faith she’s an awesome mom a great wife she is a rock I thank God every day for Ashley and.
My family 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.
Force for stability and unity.
My goal is to be a great justice 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 backgrounds every litigant in the Supreme Court can be assured that I’ll listen to their arguments with respect and in open minds every American can be assured that.
I will be an independent and impartial justice devoted to equal justice under law of the suppressant 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 an umpire a neutral and impartial decider who favors.
Or policy a judge must be independent and must interpret the law not make the law a judge must interpret statutes 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 it among us I will continue to coach teach and tutor 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 I live on the sunrise side of the mountain I see the day that is coming not the day that is gone I am optimistic.
America in 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.