Pavlich: Where is Brett Kavanaugh’s apology?

Last week Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughVirginia can be better than this Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Kavanaugh shows his stripes on Supreme Court's 'shadow docket' MORE attended his investiture ceremony, further solidifying his rightful seat on the Supreme Court. President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE and Kavanaugh’s fellow justices, with the exception of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who was absent due to a fall, attended in his honor.

“This special sitting of the court is held today to receive the commission of the newly appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Brett M. Kavanaugh,” Chief Justice John Roberts said at the beginning of the ceremony. “We are pleased to have with us today the president of the United States.  On behalf of the court, Mr. President, I extend to you and the first lady a warm welcome. We are also pleased to have with us our retired colleague, Justice [Anthony] Kennedy.”

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Supreme Court nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab MORE, who worked with Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., was also in attendance.

Just days before the ceremony took place, the Senate Judiciary Committee released a 414-page report that said not a single claim made against Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing had any evidence.

“After an extensive investigation that included the thorough review of all potentially credible evidence submitted and interviews of more than 40 individuals with information relating to the allegations, including classmates and friends of all those involved, Committee investigators found no witness who could provide any verifiable evidence to support any of the allegations brought against Justice Kavanaugh,” the report states. “In other words, following the separate and extensive investigations by both the Committee and the FBI, there was no evidence to substantiate any of the claims of sexual assault made against Justice Kavanaugh.”

In fact, one woman admitted to congressional investigators she falsely accused Kavanaugh of rape to “get attention” and never actually met him. 

“Under questioning by Committee investigators, Ms. Munro-Leighton admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh,” the report reveals. “She further confessed to Committee investigators that (1) she ‘just wanted to get attention’; (2) ‘it was a tactic’; and (3) ‘that was just a ploy.’  She told Committee investigators that she had called Congress multiple times during the Kavanaugh hearing process — including prior to the time Dr. Ford’s  allegations surfaced — to  oppose  his  nomination.”

Since Kavanaugh’s confirmation was finally approved in early October, a number of individuals who made bogus claims have been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. They are being accused of crimes ranging from conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress.

“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (R-Iowa) said in a statement about the referrals. “But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons. Thankfully, the law prohibits such false statements to Congress and obstruction of congressional committee investigations. For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations. I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future.”

Despite these facts, Democratic  Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (Calif.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks MORE (R.I.) and others entered the false claims into the Congressional Record. They berated Kavanaugh in front of the country as a liar and a sexual predator.  Upon his confirmation, they vowed to impeach him should Democrats ever regain control of the Senate. Based on the false allegations perpetuated by Democratic senators and their allies in the media, the left questioned his ability to be a safe father or proper coach of his daughter’s basketball team. All of it was and continues to be a total disgrace.

Based on what we know now, it’s clearer than ever Democrats owe Kavanaugh, his family and the country an apology for the smears they proliferated. It’s just too bad one will never come.

Pavlich is the editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.