Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

New US Supreme Court Justice Takes Part in White House Ceremony

New US Supreme Court Justice Takes Part in White House Ceremony

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", he said at the ceremony in the ornate White House East Room.

President Trump said allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh were "all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace".

The Kavanaugh nomination fight has left many Americans feeling emotionally beaten up and also raised the stakes for the coming November 6 election which decides control of US Congress - the nation's legislative branch. (An allegation, it should be said, that was disproven by reporters on the ground.) The following day, after the judge's confirmation, he spoke for American women, saying they were "outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh accepted his nomination and was ceremonially sworn in to his position on the federal bench by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy at the White House on Monday.

Kavanaugh won confirmation on a 50-48 vote on nearly a party-line vote, with almost all Republicans supporting him and all but one Democrat opposing him.

Kavanaugh showed himself to be a severe partisan, and Collins, in effect, endorsed that partisanship when she voted to put him on the Supreme Court. It capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago.

"The Supreme Court is a team of nine and I will always be a team player on the team of nine", Kavanaugh said.

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Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late Monday gave the Trump administration to perform the equivalent of a victory lap on live television.

Trump said he once told Kavanaugh that his confirmation would be a "piece of cake".

Kavanaugh's first cases will be mostly technical, but later this term he'll hear a case that could affect criminal investigations of people tied to Trump. "But what you just said now was it's a question of whether or not the party in control of the Senate is different from the president".

"You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent", Trump said to Kavanaugh.

"Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote", said Sen. Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Even before Collins had announced her "yes" vote for Kavanaugh, the page had raised $2 million-declaring, "Either Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh, or we fund her future opponent".

Advisers and Senate leaders had urged Trump not to attack Ford publicly, anxious such a move would anger on-the-fence senators.

"All these angry people out there, they know that it is the people who are sitting in the Senate that they've elected who are making these decisions and they're going to go to the polls and they're going to vote differently", warned Sen.

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