Court mood is jovial as Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

Court mood is jovial as Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

Kavanaugh denied the accusations.

Kavanaugh, in turn, attacked the Dem senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee for what he called an orchestrated "hit" meant to exact revenge for the Clintons, warning the Dems on the committee "what goes around comes around".

As for the generic congressional ballot, the CNN poll found Democrats with a 13-point lead among likely voters, with 54% of respondents saying they would vote for the Democratic Party's candidate and 41% saying they planned to vote for the GOP nominee.

Now that Kavanaugh is confirmed, the nine-justice court, which rules on constitutional questions, is expected to take a more reliably conservative approach.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said.

Questions from Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's two high court picks, suggested they could vote against the Trump administration and side with a criminal defendant from Florida who is fighting an increase in his sentence from just over six years to possibly more than 15 years.

He then announced, "You sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent" before giving the new justice a handshake.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".

President Trump hailed the "momentous" occasion, and started the ceremony by apologising to Mr Kavanaugh and his family for the "campaign of personal and political destruction based on lies and destruction" that he had been subjected to.

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

And on Monday evening he was the guest of honor at a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

The president also told reporters on Monday morning that he thinks many Democrats will vote Republican in next month's midterm elections because they are angry about Kavanaugh's treatment.

A special education teacher in Minnesota may soon receive some "special" attention by federal law enforcement officials after calling for the killing of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

"The reality is, right now, Republicans control the House and the Senate, and there's no way to do even an investigation unless we flip one of the houses", replied Booker, a Democrat seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.

Samuel Chase in 1804 was the only justice to be impeached by the House. That evening, he took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building.

When Trump ran for the presidency in 2016, he vowed to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, disclosing a list of possible candidates.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.

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