Brett Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

Protestors outside the Supreme Court ahead of Justice Kavanaugh's official swearing-in

Grassley added that should the balance of power shift to Democratic control of the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections, Democrats moving to impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh from his role on the court was not a "wise thing to do". Kavanaugh said he joins the Supreme Court "with gratitude and no bitterness".

Biskupic described the scene as Kavanaugh listened to arguments for the first time and the significance of hearing him addressed by his new title.

"The way they really tortured him and his family, I thought it was a disgrace", Trump said on Monday, US east coast time.

The GOP leader told the AP he doesn't think the acrimonious battle over confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid sexual misconduct allegations made the gap in which Republicans trail Democrats in support among women any worse.

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

Both Republicans and Democrats are reporting a massive fundraising surge in the past few weeks as a result of the bitter and contentious confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - but Republicans seem to have the edge.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in a confidential letter to Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school in the early 1980s.

The 114th Supreme Court justice was already very familiar with the work of Jackson, who was not only a fellow Yale alum but also had previously worked for Kavanaugh while he sat on the appeals court bench. Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination and "present" on the final vote.

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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 U.S. history.

He was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House. "The Supreme Court is an institution of law".

The president's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonizing political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

ActBlue - an online fundraising platform for Democrats - raised almost $10 million on October 5 - the day the Senate held a procedural vote on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward - and another $9 million on October 6, the day the upper chamber formally confirmed him. That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building.

The White House has yet to comment on the United Nations report. "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said.

One of the two cases involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

After the allegations against Kavanaugh were scrutinized, principled Americans saw that it was wrong to presume Kavanaugh guilty without evidence and permit the Democrats to assassinate his character.

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