Kavanaugh Asks Questions in First Day on Bench

Arturo Kim
October 10, 2018

President Donald Trump prepared a triumphant swearing-in ceremony for his new conservative Supreme Court justice Monday and called sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh a "hoax".

And on Monday evening he participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy.

"These things always blow over", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., said in a news conference shortly after Kavanaugh won confirmation.

"I give special gratitude to senators Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin, John Kyl and Lindsey Graham".

The statement said the D.C. Circuit complaints "do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", an apparent indication that the D.C. Circuit would not take any action on the complaints, the National Law Journal reports.

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. Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations. Noting that the Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional, he said his focus now is to be the best Justice he can be. He had already hired four law clerks, all women.

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Monday he was apologizing on behalf of the whole country to his new conservative Supreme Court justice after one of the most contentious confirmation processes in United States history.

"On behalf of the nation, I'd like to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", President Trump said.

He said that "under historic scrutiny", Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".

People hoping to see Justice Brett Kavanaugh's first day on the Supreme Court bench are waiting in long lines outside the court. He has also played basketball in the Supreme Court's gym, which is jokingly referred to as the "highest court in the land". Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections.

It is seen as a major victory for President Trump, tilting the balance in the nation's highest court in favour of conservatives for years to come. Kavanaugh has to feel gratified for the endorsement from his colleagues and from his mentor, as it's not a bad way to start off his first day in his public role as associate justice. "And a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh posed questions to lawyers in both cases before the court, his first one coming about 20 minutes into the arguments.

Kavanaugh took his seat at the right end of the courtroom's mahogany bench - the location assigned to the court's junior-most member - and wore traditional black robes like the other justices. But critics said Kavanaugh's demeanor raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.

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