Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Kavanaugh seeks new tone after bitter Supreme Court Justice confirmation fight

Donald Trump apologises to Brett Kavanaugh and declares him ‘proven innocent' Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Donald Trump’s Brett Kavanaugh Swearing-In Ceremony
Patty Aguilar | 10 October, 2018, 03:10

And on Monday evening he participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned aside appeals of a 2017 lower court ruling by its newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, that struck down an environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

While Trump apologized on behalf of the nation for "the awful pain and suffering" Kavanaugh and his family had suffered and declared him "proven innocent", the new justice assured Americans that he would be fair and was taking the job with "no bitterness".

According to Deadline, Kimmel joked that Trump is "flying extra high today after the confirmation of beer-battered Brett Kavanaugh, who is now on the United States Supreme Court despite all of the stuff you know about".

Kavanaugh, noting that the court "is not a partisan or political institution", vowed to "always be a team player on a team of nine".

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy.

Kavanaugh will sit on the far right side of the bench - the seat reserved for the junior-most justice. Before the ceremony, he´d described opposition Democrats as "evil" and the sexual assault claims as a "hoax".

The president's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonizing political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed a report on sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Kavanaugh - but the findings have not been released to the public. Americans opposed his confirmation 51 percent to 41 percent, according to a CNN poll conducted October 4-7. "I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against", Clinton said.

Other major polls reflected similar sentiment. Kavanaugh had said during his confirmation hearing in September that he would hire an all female clerk if confirmed.

Tuesday's cases involved the 1984 Armed Career Criminal Act, a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" criminal sentencing law that boosts prison sentences after multiple violent felonies or drug offenses.

Brett Kavanaugh is about to hear his first arguments as a Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters.

He was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House.

Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation. He had already hired four law clerks, all women. They took their oaths at the court in ceremonies that were televised live.

"The Senate in the hands of one party and the White House in the hands of another in a presidential election year", McConnell said during a press conference. The president later hosted a reception at the White House for Sotomayor, as he did a year later with Kagan.

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