Kavanaugh takes seat on Supreme Court as protesters outside shout ’SHAME’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters as he leaves the chamber following a procedural vote to advance the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, at the Capitol in Washington, Oct. 5, 2018. It's the second appointment Trump has made to the Supreme Court. "The justices do not sit on opposite sides of an aisle".

During the public swearing-in ceremony, President Donald Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".

Democrats had fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court. "The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player on the team of nine".

"There's no basis for impeaching but, all this talk prior to Saturday's vote or since Saturday's vote, every effort made in the last month has been to detract from his [Kavanaugh's] outstanding qualifications", said Grassley.

Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court as his wife Ashley holds the Bible.

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

Republicans, such as retiring Sen.

The cases, involving a Florida robbery and burglaries in Tennessee and Arkansas, challenged the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences.

"This is truly an historic week for America", said Trump, praising Republican senators for standing up to what he called "the Democrats' shameful campaign of political and personal destruction" against his nominee.

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

Mr Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said on Monday during a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

The Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote on October 6, concluding a bitter confirmation battle with exactly one month left before the midterm election on November 6.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters about an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 4, 2018. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s.

Before Tuesday's arguments, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh while on the lower court striking down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee in September, Kavanaugh said: "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be".

Kavanaugh can be expected to cast crucial votes on those issues as well as gun control, immigration, voting rights and others.

McConnell disputed the president's assessment on Wednesday.

Vanessa Coleman

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