Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

Brett Kavanaugh spent a collegial first day on the bench as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday that contrasted sharply with the venom of his confirmation process, taking an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues. Would he really risk ceding a Supreme Court seat if he he could realistically avoid it?

Trump went on to encourage the crowd to vote Republican in November's midterm elections, saying Democrats would look to "end ethanol".

Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court today after he was sworn in at a private ceremony on Saturday and a public ceremony on Monday, report the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post in stories here and here.

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

"To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely hard and often hostile circumstances, we really can't thank them enough", he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor.

Kavanaugh was administered the official Constitutional Oath and Judicial Oath by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy shortly after being confirmed by the Senate.

The president-whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress-predicted that Democrats would pay for their attempts to block the confirmation, especially during the lurid debate over decades-old sexual assault allegations.

Republicans, such as retiring Sen.

The cases challenge the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences.

"Now, was that the worst body language?" Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court previous year.

".kavanaugh.pdf" target="_blank">the same CNN poll also indicates that 49 percent of independents opposed the Senate voting to confirm Kavanaugh's to the U.S. Supreme Court and only 37 percent supported his confirmation. Two other women also accused him of sexual misconduct. The cases involved a Florida robbery and burglaries in Tennessee and Arkansas.

President Donald Trump apologized "on behalf of our nation" to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family Monday evening "for the awful pain and suffering you've been forced to endure", while proclaiming him innocent of allegations of sexual misconduct. "I don't want to get sued ― 99 percent. See?"

Mr Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court had been considered safe until California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with explosive allegations that he had sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school.

However, Grassley has broken with McConnell on other high-profile issues.

The two-vote margin of victory in the Senate made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 - and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.

McConnell disputed the president's assessment on Wednesday.

Vanessa Coleman