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

10 October, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Myra Gill
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He emphatically denied the allegations.

Brett Kavanaugh will hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice Tuesday morning in Washington, his first day on the new job after a contentious confirmation process.

A handful of Democratic lawmakers, including congressmen Luis Gutierrez of IL and Ted Lieu of California, have pressed for Justice Kavanaugh's removal over the allegations. The other eight justices were all in attendance.

"I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but to serve one nation", Kavanaugh said Monday night during his ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

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

The bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh's nomination became a firestorm after sexual misconduct allegations emerged involving Kavanaugh.

Police office guards the main entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks during his ceremonial public swearing-in, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2018.

The ceremony took place in the East Room - the same location where the President first announced Kavanaugh's nomination 13 weeks ago. The event is unusual for new justices. The result is a tacit endorsement of Kavanaugh's ruling on the limit of executive power in agency law, one that sets a precedent for future court cases unless the Supreme Court chooses to revisit it. Kavanaugh hears his first arguments from the bench today, having salted away the traditional duties of cafeteria supervision befitting the tradition for SCOTUS newbies.

"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.

"It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of myself and my colleagues, to welcome Justice Kavanaugh to the Court", said Chief Justice John Roberts, in a brief bench statement at the start of the session. "That is who I am".


Later, in Orlando, he called Kavanaugh "a flawless person".

Trump said he once told Kavanaugh that his confirmation would be a "piece of cake". "We toughed it out together".

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh by October 1, the start of the new term. "It is not a partisan or political institution", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 Saturday, the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881, and has had a busy three days since then.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

Kavanaugh's confirmation gave the Republican president a major political victory ahead of crucial November 6 congressional elections, with Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body.

Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony as protesters chanted outside the court building. Throughout his exceptionally turbulent confirmation process, Kavanaugh touted his long history of empowering women in the workplace, pointing out how he's actually practiced what so many others preach.

They held up signs that said, "We do not consent", "We will not yield", and "You failed your mom".

Defining the limits of "physical force" used in unarmed robberies took up much of the justices' time. Yet Kavanaugh is joining under a cloud.

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