Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kavanaugh attends swearing-in ceremony at the White House

Kavanaugh attends swearing-in ceremony at the White House

He took his seat at the right end of the mahogany bench in the ornate courtroom, wearing traditional black robes like the other justices. So I don't know how people are going to react to it.

In his Senate testimony last month in which he denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in high school, accusing Democrats of orchestrating a partisan campaign against him, Kavanaugh had promised that, if he was confirmed, the four clerks working for him would be women.

Kavanaugh and his law clerks already have been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday, when the justices will hear arguments in two cases about longer prison terms for repeat offenders. Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks.

Mr Trump said Mr Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", as he left for a trip to Florida.

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

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Mr Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. "I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against", Clinton said.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed, groping her and covering her mouth when she screamed during a teenage party in the 1980s.

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.

"But the President's been true to form", she continued.

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

No protesters interrupted Justice Kavanaugh during his inquiries, a stark contrast to his confirmation hearings across the street in the Capitol. "It is very hard I think for a member of the public to look at what goes on in confirmation hearings these days, which is a very sharp conflict in political terms between Democrats and Republicans, and not think that the person who comes out of that process must similarly share that partisan view of public issues and public life".

"Justice Kavanaugh will serve our country admirably on the court because he understands that the very best way to protect human dignity and freedom is by respecting and enforcing the limits on government power contained in our Constitution", said Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, who has played a critical role in the selection of conservative judges for the Trump White House.

With all the sitting justices in attendance, along with Kavanaugh's family and top admiration officials, Trump said Kavanaugh had been the victim of a "campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception". One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

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