Kavanaugh sworn in again during ceremonial event at White House

Kavanaugh sworn in again during ceremonial event at White House

Kavanaugh sworn in again during ceremonial event at White House

These political battles were largely based on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, but tonight, Trump more or less pronounced the new justice innocent in the midst of his congratulations.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in.

Trump on Twitter on Tuesday said he was "very proud" of Kavanaugh and his family, and disparaged the anti-Kavanaugh protesters.

Mr Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.

The other eight justices were all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in by retired justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event. He noted that his newly hired law clerks were all women, which he said was a historic first at the Supreme Court.

As the newest member of the court Kavanaugh will take on a few special jobs. It comes just in time to motivate evangelicals and social conservatives to turn out to vote in November elections that will determine control of Congress.

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 Saturday, the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881, and has had a busy three days since then. He emphatically denied the allegations.

Earlier Monday, Trump claimed the accusations against Kavanaugh were a "hoax set up by the Democrats".

Kavanaugh's allies predicted the partisan air around his confirmation would fade. Americans opposed his confirmation 51 percent to 41 percent, according to a CNN poll conducted October 4-7.

That sounds as though the skepticism Kavanaugh expressed is more widely shared than Reuters credits in this report.

Other major polls reflected similar sentiment.

Any technical arguments are likely to be overshadowed by Kavanaugh's first public appearance wearing the traditional black robe donned by Supreme Court justices.

"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional", Kavanaugh said.

Before the arguments began, Chief Judge John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh to the court.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (L) hugs his wife Ashley after the ceremony. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. United States, the court's 2010 decision about the law at hand, the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Kavanaugh knows numerous justices, who all showed up at the White House Monday night. Jackson also worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court. "And he's continued to do that inside the White House". He will take notes for the justices when they meet for private conferences.

In 2009 when Sotomayor was sworn in, administration officials said Obama wanted to forgo a White House oath as a sign of the new justice's independence. The president later hosted a reception at the White House for Sotomayor, as he did a year later with Kagan.

"For as long as Kavanaugh sits on the court, he will remain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power", Yale law professor Robert Post wrote in Politico.

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