Kavanaugh asks questions in first day on bench

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2018

The misconduct complaints concern Kavanaugh's answers about his work in the George W. Bush administration and his comments about Democrats using allegations of sexual assault against him, according to the Post.

During the confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh had appeared annoyed as he defended himself against Dr Ford's accusation, which he denies.

Kavanaugh promised to be an "impartial" judge and a "team player" during his ceremonial swearing-in at the White House late Monday.

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.

During the public swearing-in ceremony, President Donald Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "for the pain and suffering you have been forced to endure".

Also in attendance was his predecessor, the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The tenure of Justice Brett Kavanaugh is officially underway as of today, and a number of his allies are noting that's he's already making a mark on the professional culture of the high court.

"Four of the female clerks currently serving at the Supreme Court were with him at the DC Circuit, and now he's tipped the balance at the court for the first time with an all-female clerk class", she said.

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Referring to a 2010 decision known as Curtis Johnson, Kavanaugh asked Justice Department lawyer Frederick Liu what the court should do "if we're trying to follow Curtis Johnson strictly?" "The Supreme Court is an institution of law".

After an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new, Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post. Either way, he added, for Trump to declare that Kavanaugh was proven innocent is a "wild overstatement to say the least, and very likely an inaccurate read of what happened".

That will set off more hysteria over Kavanaugh's confirmation, but it's meaningless. He also blamed "evil" people for putting Kavanaugh in a "disgraceful situation" during his confirmation process.

He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who´s Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court.

"What we decide is whether the state - which has the burden of proving guilt beyond any reasonable doubt, the highest standard in our legal system - has met that burden of proof", Beskind said. There are 100 Senators, two from each state, and Republicans now hold a razor thin majority with 51 seats.

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".

McConnell spoke on "Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation".

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