Brett Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

Lester Mason
October 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. President Donald Trump apologized to Brett Kavanaugh for the bitter battle over his confirmation to the Supreme Court and declared him "innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that almost derailed his nomination.

According to Deadline, Kimmel joked that Trump is "flying extra high today after the confirmation of beer-battered Brett Kavanaugh, who is now on the United States Supreme Court despite all of the stuff you know about".

People hoping to see Justice Brett Kavanaugh's first day on the Supreme Court bench are waiting in long lines outside the court.

Incoming Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends a ceremonial swearing-in alongside President Trump at the White House.

"First of all, no he wasn't", declared Kimmel. "It is not a partisan or political institution", said Kavanaugh, who was to take up his seat on the nine-member bench on October 9. His views on presidential powers could be tested within days in a dispute over whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross should submit to questioning by lawyers suing the Trump administration over a decision to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census. "The Washington Monument is like a big middle finger now".

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

The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke previous year during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden.

Kavanaugh will sit on the far right side of the bench - the seat reserved for the junior-most justice.


During Kavanaugh's confirmation process, dozens of women had dressed up in similar costumes to represent the TV show's depiction of women living under a dystopian fundamentalist regime. He's already hired four women to serve as his Supreme Court clerks, something that he noted Monday evening was a first, and studied the legal briefs for the cases on deck.

Two other women also accused Justice Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings. "No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge". Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle. And while they should be looked at in the broader scope of things, they suggest the building narrative that the Kavanaugh confirmation was a disaster for Democrats isn't totally correct.

The justices themselves have expressed concern in recent years about public perception of the court.

President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court appointees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, didn't participate in oath ceremonies at the White House.

Oh, who are we kidding?

Chief Justice John Roberts has made keeping the court above the partisan fray a priority in his tenure.

But critics said Mr Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.

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