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Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice
10 October 2018, 04:18 | Erica Roy
Donald Trump apologises to Brett Kavanaugh and declares him ‘proven innocent'
He was referring to the acrimonious debate over Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, after sexual assault allegations were made against him.
And both sides are using the fight around Kavanaugh to rally their bases to the ballot box in the midterm election - with Democrats slamming his judicial temperament and Republicans labeling him a victim.
Moving beyond a ferocious confirmation battle that divided the country, Brett Kavanaugh got down to business as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday and took an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues on his first day on the job.
"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", he said at the ceremony in the ornate White House East Room.
Within a half hour of the start of his first oral argument on the Supreme Court Tuesday, Kavanaugh had already proved he wouldn't be a silent presence on the bench like Justice Clarence Thomas, who went through a similarly bruising confirmation process in 1991 but was famously quiet during questioning.
The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh Saturday after weeks of hearings looking into his background. Kavanaugh said he joins the Supreme Court "with gratitude and no bitterness".
"However much we might sympathize or agree with EPA's policy objectives, EPA may act only within the boundaries of its statutory authority", Kavanaugh wrote in the ruling. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. Throughout his exceptionally turbulent confirmation process, Kavanaugh touted his long history of empowering women in the workplace, pointing out how he's actually practiced what so many others preach.
By the way, given the volume and shrillness of anti-Kavanaugh protests - from his original hearings all the way through to his delayed confirmation - this is an interesting detail, isn't it?
He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".
Some analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution. On Saturday evening, Kavanaugh took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court while protesters chanted outside the court building. The new justice's four clerks all are women, the first time that has happened.
Maine's Susan Collins was just one of the many Republicans who came under fire from John Oliver during Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight". "We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling".
"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 court's two oldest justices are Democratic appointees: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 80.
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