Justice Brett Kavanaugh thanked his daughters' school teachers as he announced Monday evening during a ceremony at the White House that they were given Tuesday off from school so they could see his first day hearing arguments as a member of the Supreme Court.

“My daughters Margaret and Liza are smart, strong, awesome girls. They're in the middle of fall lacrosse, looking forward to the upcoming basketball season,” Kavanaugh said during a ceremonial swearing-in event in the East Room. “I thank their teachers for giving them the day off tomorrow so that they can come watch two cases being argued at the Supreme Court.”

The Senate voted Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh by a 50-48 margin, following a contentious confirmation process during which Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Kavanaugh emphatically denied all allegations leveled against him, and following an FBI supplemental background investigation ordered by President Trump, the Senate set up final votes at the end of last week.

Trump declared Monday that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” and apologized to the Kavanaugh family for the “terrible pain and suffering” they experienced during the confirmation process.

“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,” Trump said during the White House event. “What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process. In 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.”

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