Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Protesters in Time Square in New York City on Saturday

Protesters in Time Square in New York City on Saturday

President Trump began his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Monday with an apology to him for the way his confirmation hearing went - and by saying the jurist was "proven innocent" of sex abuse claims.

President Trump said allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh were "all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace".

Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including California professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who testified under oath that he assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school.

Nadler called the FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh - which only lasted a week and was limited in scope - a "whitewash" investigation, according to the New York Times.

Just a couple of days ago, Trump said of Kavanaugh from Egypt, where she ended her first major official trip overseas without her husband President Donald Trump, "I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court".

He angrily predicted that would backfire on Democrats in midterm Congressional elections in November.

"The tactics that have been employed both by Judiciary Committee Democratic senators and by the virtual mob that's assaulted all of us in the course of this process, has turned our base on fire", said McConnell.

Donald Trump has claimed sexual assault allegations against his newest Supreme Court Justice were a "hoax".

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Even as he was being sworn in inside the Supreme Court, scores of people protested across the street at the Capitol. Kavanaugh, shown here testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee, has become the latest US Supreme Court justice.

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn-in as United States Supreme Court Justice Saturday shortly after winning Senate approval in a 50 to 48 vote. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Wednesday indicated that the battle over Kavanaugh's nomination had helped Republicans close the enthusiasm gap with Democrats, who are energized by Trump's surprise win in 2016. With Kavanaugh's ascent to the nine-member high court, Trump now has filled two vacancies on the court from his list, including Neil Gorsuch previous year.

"I would guess that there are justices who were genuinely shocked at how partisan his remarks were", Dellinger said.

It was the narrowest Senate vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

Later, in Orlando, he called Kavanaugh "a flawless person".

He added that he wasn't personally involved in speaking to Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the issue of Kavanaugh's confirmation. "The best student, the best scholar, the great intellect, incredible record over many years". Heidi Heitkamp defied her state's support for Trump and voted against Kavanaugh's confirmation. "We toughed it out together".

Collins ignored the rather pertinent point that this history of betrayals of the anti-abortion cause by certain Republican-appointed Justices is precisely why Donald Trump was forced to make his unprecedented, specific pledge about the reproductive rights positions of future Supreme Court nominees. "I still think that it gives us a lot of enthusiasm on our side because there are a lot of people out there that are really upset, not just with the testimony that came from Judge Kavanaugh but the way the president was even mocking (Ford) days ago".

Even though he was already sworn in, a swearing-in ceremony for Kavanaugh is set for 7 p.m. on Monday at the White House, prolonging a victory lap for Trump.

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