Trump hosts Kavanaugh for ceremonial swearing

Sworn in Brett Kavanaugh at the White House

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"Justice Kavanaugh will serve our country admirably on the court because he understands that the very best way to protect human dignity and freedom is by respecting and enforcing the limits on government power contained in our Constitution", said Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, who has played a critical role in the selection of conservative judges for the Trump White House.

Kimmel had some choice words about Trump's performance during Monday's televised ceremony, especially when the president proclaimed that Kavanaugh had been "proven innocent" of Dr. Ford's assault allegation.

Kavanaugh will be closely scrutinized from his first day on the bench.

His path to confirmation was turbulent - opposition to him intensified after Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago, when they were teenagers.

With police standing by, a handful of protesters opposed to Justice Kavanaugh gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Tuesday morning, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".

President Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on October 6.

"The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats and when you mention "impeach" a justice of the United States Supreme Court who was a top scholar, top student, top intellect and who did nothing wrong".

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Based on Tuesday's arguments, defendants could win in both cases, with liberal justices likely to be joined by some conservatives in the majority.

Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh on behalf of the entire court, wishing him the traditional "long and happy career in our common calling".

The other eight justices were all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which was entirely ceremonial. Keeping score on this sort of thing may feel unseemly and irrelevant, but if a right-wing justice had amassed a similar record over a similar period of time, I suspect we'd hear a lot more about it - and not the context of a flurry of swooning films, either. Kavanaugh had clerked for the justice in 1993-94 and was sworn in by him in separate oath ceremonies. Justice Sonia Sotomayor even appeared to playfully pinch Gorsuch's arm as she asked a question about the kind of physical force necessary to have a crime be treated as violent under a federal enhanced sentencing law.

CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic said Brett Kavanaugh would be "changing the law of the land" for the next 20 years as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh occasionally chatted privately with Justice Elena Kagan from his seat at the end of the bench to the far left of Roberts. Lacy had been working at the White House in support of Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened.

Arguments will resume Wednesday in separate cases, one involving the detention of undocumented immigrants. He will take notes for the justices when they meet for private conferences.

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