Brett Kavanaugh hears first arguments as Supreme Court justice

Brett Kavanaugh hears first arguments as Supreme Court justice

Brett Kavanaugh hears first arguments as Supreme Court justice

He emphatically denied the allegations.

And on Monday evening he was the guest of honour at a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

"A man or a woman must always be presumed innocent, unless or until proven guilty", the president added, to applause in the White House East Room.

Brett Kavanaugh endured a Supreme Court confirmation ordeal like no other. The other eight justices were all in attendance.

Trump used his introduction of Kavanaugh to slam the judge's opponents.

Trump is apologizing to Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful suffering you have been forced to endure".

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Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh on behalf of the entire court, wishing him the traditional "long and happy career in our common calling". "The Supreme Court is an institution of law".

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Despite the esoteric nature of the two cases being argued today - both involving mandatory sentencing enhancement policies - the New York Times is live-blogging the events at the courthouse and notes that long lines have developed to get in to see the action.

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 latter three all worked for other Republican-nominated judges.

That's a sign that at least on the House side, the Kavanaugh fights may have had a negligible effect on the overall battle. The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh pushed her onto a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes. Keeping score on this sort of thing may feel unseemly and irrelevant, but if a right-wing justice had amassed a similar record over a similar period of time, I suspect we'd hear a lot more about it - and not the context of a flurry of swooning films, either. "That is who I am". Before the ceremony, he´d described opposition Democrats as "evil" and the sexual assault claims as a "hoax".

The allegations against the nominee were "all made up, it was fabricated and it was a disgrace", Mr Trump said.

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He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting". "We toughed it out together".

"On the Supreme Court, I will seek to be a force for civility and unity", Kavanaugh said.

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for him to join the court on October 1, the start of the new term. That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building. Kavanaugh had said during his confirmation hearing in September that he would hire an all female clerk if confirmed.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

Kavanaugh's new "team" smiled as they joined Kavanaugh Tuesday morning.

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