Pres. Trump Hosts Ceremonial Swearing-in For Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
With police standing by, a handful of protesters opposed to Justice Kavanaugh gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Tuesday morning, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here". "It is not a partisan or political institution", said Kavanaugh, who was to take up his seat on the nine-member bench on October 9.
President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court appointees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, didn't participate in oath ceremonies at the White House. Mr Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations.
The bruising campaign to install Kavanaugh onto the court could leave a mark on his reputation and on public confidence in the institution, legal experts say. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy on the bench.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh heard oral arguments for the first time Tuesday in cases about one of the Supreme Court's least favorite criminal laws, jumping into his role with some straightforward questions and little hint of the bitter confirmation process he just went through.
"What was done last night in the White House was a political rather".
Kavanaugh, 53, began work immediately after his official swearing-in on Saturday evening even as protesters stormed the front steps of the Supreme Court and pounded on the 13-ton bronze doors, furious that he had been confirmed despite a decades-old allegation of sexual assault brought by Christine Blasey Ford.
Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court past year.
President Donald Trump, right, applauds as Justice Brett Kavanaugh hugs his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, following a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States conducted by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the East Room of the White House today in Washington.
Kavanaugh also noted the first group of clerks he's hired as a justice are all women, a first in the history of the Supreme Court.
Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the court's October 1 start of the new term. 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?
Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act.
The other eight justices also were at the White House on Monday.
Arguments will resume Wednesday in separate cases, one involving the detention of undocumented immigrants. They included a case about a potential habitat for an endangered frog and another about an Alabama death row inmate whose lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because dementia has left him unable to remember his crime.
As the newest member of the court, Kavanaugh will take on a few special jobs.
Part of the duties of the junior justice include taking notes at the weekly closed-door conferences, where current appeals are voted on and pending cases are added to the docket. "The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".
But top Democrat Nancy Pelosi has said trying to impeach the new justice "would not be my plan".