Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections. Critics have argued the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion.
Roberts explained in the letter, addressed to Timothy Tymkovich, the Chief Judge for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, that the complaints had originally been sent to the D.C. Circuit Court, where Kavanaugh previously sat, but that he had received requests from a judge on that court to transfer it to another circuit. "And when I looked at the lack of any corroborating evidence, including no evidence from her very best friend who was present at the party, I could not conclude that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant". I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness.
Republicans have seen a bump in polling since Kavanaugh' confirmation. That process is over.
It was the end of a deeply contentious nomination process that sparked mass protests, an FBI investigation and a national reckoning over power, gender, sexual assault and the line between violence and adolescent transgression. In the first midterms after Obama was elected - and the first after the passage of Obamacare without a single GOP vote - Democrats got shellacked, losing 63 seats in the House of Representatives, the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since 1938.
Ceremonial swearing-ins are unusual for new justices. However, he has said he regards Roe v Wade as "settled law", and Maine Republican senator Susan Collins told 60 Minutes that she is confident he believes too strongly in legal precedent to overturn it.
Kavanaugh said he was proud his newly hired law clerks are all women, a first for a Supreme Court justice.
"The Kavanaugh debate clearly fueled Republican intensity over the course of the last few weeks".
Trump said in 2016 that he'd release his tax returns after the IRS was done auditing them, and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters last week that "a number of his taxes are still under audit". That's not who I am.
Fabinho on embracing Jurgen Klopp's style of play and playing games
Liverpool are nine points better off than at the same stage last season, and Van Dijk remains satisfied, if not complacent. Yes it made for a drab game this time, but their real battle is only just beginning.
Kavanaugh posed questions to lawyers in both cases before the court, his first one coming about 20 minutes into the arguments.
Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", Trump said as he left the White House earlier in the day for a trip to Florida.
The allegations against the nominee were "all made up, it was fabricated and it was a disgrace", Mr Trump said. The school recently said that Kavanaugh will not be returning to teach there. "Frightful statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about".
"There is nothing that a judicial council could do at this point", said Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and expert on the operation of federal courts. He did so while simultaneously mocking Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA and saying that should she win the Democratic nomination in 2020 and they were to debate, he would toss an ancestry test to her and dare her to take it. On one side, democrats demanded for Kavanaugh to be denied.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado insisted it was actually the Democrats who had done themselves no favors with the vote.
Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud. Democracy itself is at stake.
"That episode, if it occurs, would be in the portion of the government we haven't funded", he said. "Now, because this is such a high profile story that everyone knows about, it might bring up discussions more because it is fresh in people's mind and maybe they'll start noticing more in their lives and start thinking about it more". "Lose the Senate and the project of confirming judges is over for the last two years of President Trump".