Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts and former Justice Anthony Kennedy swore Brett Kavanaugh in as an affiliate justice to the Supreme Court docket in a non-public ceremony Saturday night solely hours after the Senate confirmed him in a 50-48 vote.
The ceremony is the fruits of an acrimonious course of that heightened partisanship on the Hill to new ranges ever since Kennedy, the court docket’s swing vote, introduced his retirement in June.
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The swearing-in was scheduled “in order that he can start to take part within the work of the court docket instantly,” the Supreme Court docket stated in a press release.
“We’re very glad about it. Nice resolution. I very a lot admire these 50 nice votes. And I believe he’s going to go down as a very good Supreme Court docket justice for a few years. A few years. He was chosen for the explanation of his temperament, his unimaginable previous, his excellent years on the court docket. He simply had an excellent report. A superb scholar—completely good scholar. High,” Trump advised reporters aboard Air Drive One among Kavanaugh’s affirmation earlier Saturday.
The president has now put in two justices on the Supreme Court docket in lower than two years in workplace, cementing a conservative majority on the nation’s highest court docket. Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court docket nominee, was confirmed in April 2017.
Kavanaugh’s affirmation course of stoked partisan tensions from the very starting, however was thrown into full tumult when three ladies went public with allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh whereas he was in highschool and school.
Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the primary girl to come back ahead together with her allegations, each testified in entrance of the Senate Judiciary Committee final week the place Kavanaugh issued a fiery denial of the accusations, suggesting they had been deliberate “smears” as a part of the Democrats’ “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.
“[W]e’re very honored that he was in a position to stand up to this horrible, horrible assault by the Democrats. It’s a horrible assault that no one ought to must undergo,” Trump echoed in the present day.
The FBI performed an investigation into the three ladies’s allegations and returned a non-public report back to the Senate on Thursday, which Republicans stated supplied no corroborating proof for any of the accusations and Democrats stated was too restricted in its scope.
Protestors descended upon Washington in the course of the affirmation course of, holding giant gatherings in Senate workplace buildings and confronting key senators to attempt to persuade them to vote towards Kavanaugh’s affirmation. Many advised tales of being sexually assaulted themselves, and by the tip of the week the Capitol Hill Police had arrested lots of of individuals.
Protests continued outdoors the Capitol and the Supreme Court docket because the swearing in ceremony was performed.