Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Kavanaugh makes US Supreme Court debut

Kavanaugh makes US Supreme Court debut

At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he´d been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through American politics.

It's Trump's particular choice of wording that has the internet up in arms. By the way, given the volume and shrillness of anti-Kavanaugh protests - from his original hearings all the way through to his delayed confirmation - this is an interesting detail, isn't it? The FBI probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh reportedly found no corroboration of the allegations against him but was criticized by Democrats for not being a full investigation.

On social media, people took issue with the use of the words "proven innocent". Sandra Day O'Connor, who joined in 1981, was the first female Justice.

His ascent to the court was sealed by a 50-48 Senate vote on Saturday.

Kavanaugh and his team are settling into the former chambers of Justice Samuel Alito, who moved to the offices vacated by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. "No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge".

Kavanaugh heard his first arguments on Tuesday as a Supreme Court justice, following one of the most contentious confirmation processes in the country's history. He said the high court "is not a partisan or political institution" and assured he took the job with "no bitterness". "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said. He understands that justice must be divorced from the passions of the day - tethered instead to the enduring foundation of our republic: "the Constitution", he said.

"America's Constitution and laws protect every person of every belief and every background", he said.

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Before hearing arguments on October 9, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama.

"The Supreme Court is a team of nine and I will always be a team player on the team of nine".

He tried to distinguish between President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the GOP-run Senate consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

Democrats fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court, which will now tilt decisively to a more Republican-friendly panel.

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

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, had told...

The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen. "And now they want to impeach him". "I think you're going to see a lot of things happening on November 6 that wouldn't have".

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