This Is Brett Kavanaugh's First Question as a Supreme Court Justice

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Brett Kavanaugh rose beyond the rancor of his confirmation battle on his first day as a Supreme Court justice on October 9, asking several questions during oral arguments alongside a collegial group of fellow justices.

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.

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

Speaking after his swearing in, Judge Kavanaugh agreed that the process had been "contentious and emotional", adding: "That process is over".

President Donald Trump listens as retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

A handful of protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the court gathered outside, chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".

Incoming Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends a ceremonial swearing-in alongside President Trump at the White House.

Though it is true that American jurisprudence requires that, as Trump said, the criminally accused be "presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty", Kavanaugh was not a criminal defendant.

"This will be the first time a Supreme Court Justice has ever sworn in a former clerk to take his seat - a attractive moment which reminds us that freedom is a tradition passed down from generation to generation", Trump said.

Kavanaugh, Kimmel noted, was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881.

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"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said while in Florida.

Breyer and Justice Clarence Thomas remained mum, while Justice Kavanaugh's number of inquiries rivaled Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

"For as long as Kavanaugh sits on the court, he will remain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power", Yale law professor Robert Post wrote in Politico.

The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke a year ago during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden. "I'll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks".

The Senate Judiciary Committee also heard testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh pushed her onto a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes.

They held up signs that said, "We do not consent", "We will not yield", and "You failed your mom".

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

Before hearing arguments on October 9, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama.

"This is a really divided time", said Justice Elena Kagan, who addressed the current climate of the court at an event at Princeton last week. The court's two oldest justices are Democratic appointees: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 80.

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