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Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

10 October 2018

As he was sworn in Monday night at the White House, after an ugly, contentious Senate confirmation process in which he battled allegations of sexually assaulting women, Kavanaugh, 53, vowed to serve the country - not one political party or another. "This will be the first time a Supreme Court Justice has ever sworn in a former clerk to take his seat - a handsome moment which reminds us that freedom is a tradition passed down from generation to generation", Trump said.

The new justice dived into his new job, asking a handful of questions in the first arguments of the day following a traditional welcome from Chief Justice John Roberts, who wished Kavanaugh "a long and happy career in our common calling".

The misconduct complaints concern Kavanaugh's answers about his work in the George W. Bush administration and his comments about Democrats using allegations of sexual assault against him, according to the Post.

The other eight justices were all in attendance.

Grassley, in an interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum on Tuesday, said he'd adhere to a "pledge" he made back in 2016 during the stalled confirmation process of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

After an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new, Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.

Democrats had fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh´s candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump apologized on national TV to Brett Kavanaugh for the "pain and suffering" to which he was subjected during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, declaring on national TV that Kavanaugh had been "found innocent".

Independents Disapprove of Dems' Treatment of Kavanaugh — CNN Poll
While their chances in the House are still seen as good, Republicans are feeling better about the upper chamber. The party that holds the White House typically loses seats in midterm congressional elections.

Mr Kavanaugh is expected to push the court further to the right as he is replacing Justice Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes voted with the liberal justices on key social issues including in cases involving abortion and gay rights.

McConnell's remarks were viewed as a signal that he would be open to filling a potential Supreme Court vacancy in 2020. This poll got responses from 1,000 people on October 6 and 7 - the days when the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh took the oath of office.

"If I'm chairman, they won't take it up", said Grassley, whose committee is charged with holding hearings on Supreme Court nominees.

The bitterly divided U.S. Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh, with just one Democrat supporting him. He said the high court "is not a partisan or political institution" and assured he took the job with "no bitterness".

Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including a California professor who testified under oath that he tried to assault her at a high school party decades ago. Kavanaugh has also hired four clerks, all women, the first time that has happened.

"They want to turn America, these Democrats...into a giant sanctuary for criminal aliens and the MS-13 killers that we're getting out of the country by the way by the thousands", he said.

Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen.

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice