Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice

Hannah Rogers
October 9, 2018

On Saturday, the Senate voted 50-48 in Kavanaugh's favor, with Sen. "I thought it was a disgrace". "I think it's an insult to the American public".

"I will always be humbled and proud to sit in Justice Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court", he said. And it comes less than a month before pivotal midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. "I think you're going to see a lot of things happening on November 6".

Kavanaugh acknowledged that the confirmation was "contentious" and "emotional" but said that he wished to be a force for "stability and unity" on the Supreme Court. The FBI probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh reportedly found no corroboration of the allegations against him but was criticized by Democrats for not being a full investigation.

No concrete evidence was produced to back up the searing accusations, which Republicans described as a dirty tricks campaign.

Mr Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late yesterday was a chance for the Trump administration to perform the equivalent of a victory lap. "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said.

Mr Trump has repeatedly said that putting conservatives on the court - Mr Kavanaugh is his second appointment - was among the top goals of his presidency.

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As he returned to the White House Monday from Florida, Trump anticipated that Kavanaugh's swearing-in would be a "big night". "It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people that are evil". Only one Democrat voted for Trump's nominee.

All of the Supreme Court justices were present for the ceremony, including the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who performed the swearing-in ceremony.

Ness tried to backtrack with a subsequent tweet: "Brett kavanaugh will be dealing with death threats for the rest of his life being on the Supreme Court".

The initial focus of opposition was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.

Critics of the judge contend that his nomination should have been terminated after college professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of attempted rape at an unspecified time and place in the high-school years.

"The first lady regrets that she will not be able to celebrate with the Kavanaugh family on such a special evening, but she has a longstanding prior commitment she was unable to change at the last minute", the first lady's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement first obtained by CNN.

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