Kavanaugh offers 'special gratitude' to Collins, others at ceremonial swearing

Howard TerryOct 10, 2018

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh to the court before the oral arguments.

Kavanaugh also noted the first group of clerks he's hired as a justice are all women, a first in the history of the Supreme Court.

"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional".

But Mr Trump, who last week publicly mocked Ford, continued to stoke political divisions at Monday's ceremony, saying Justice Kavanaugh had been the victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception". Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 82-year-old jurist who Kavanaugh replaced, was in the courtroom, as were members of the new justice's family.

"Trump called the protests "phony stuff" and even gave a special shout out to the FBI's so-called investigation of Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusation against Kavanaugh". He said the high court "is not a partisan or political institution" and assured he took the job with "no bitterness".

In his own remarks, Kavanaugh, who has faced criticism that he appeared too politicized in his Senate testimony, tried to assure the American public that he would approach the job fairly. Kavanaugh already has been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday.

Kavanaugh's critics, unhappy with the Senate process, Kavanaugh's record and the way sexual assault allegations were handled, still plan to continue their protests against him.

"He started it with an apology on behalf of the country and a curious proclamation", Kimmel described, of Trump declaring in the East Room that his new Supreme Court justice had been "proven innocent".

"What was done last night in the White House was a political rather".

With justices seated by seniority, President Donald Trump's two appointees will flank the Supreme Court bench, Justice Neil Gorsuch at one end and Kavanaugh at the other.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2018. He has also played basketball in the Supreme Court's gym, which is jokingly referred to as the "highest court in the land".

The high court now has five conservative justices and four liberals.

Democrats and their groups have raised at least $15 million off of Kavanaugh, Axios reported.

"There are 20 races within 4 points that will determine the House majority, and CLF will keep working to win them", Bliss wrote in the memo. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Mr Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

"I´ve always been told it´s the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an influential USA appeals court, looked at ease as he asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders.

This is all just hypothetical at this point, but McConnell would be in a different position than Biden was in 1992, or Schumer was in 2007, or McConnell himself was in 2016, since Republicans would control the Senate and the White House.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with several seats up for grabs in November.

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