Kavanaugh Hears First Arguments as New US Supreme Court Justice

Faith Castro
October 10, 2018

Donald Trump has apologized to his new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful pain and suffering" they "endured" during the process of his confirmation. Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza.

The Republican party raised a total of $5.7 million from Sept. 30 to October 5, compared to $4.38 million raised by the DCCC from the end of September to October 5, which is the day Kavanaugh secured the votes in the Senate to be confirmed. But in a well-functioning democracy, the Senate would have rejected Kavanaugh's nomination: The 50 senators who voted him onto the court last weekend collectively represent just 44 percent of the USA population.

The other eight justices are all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which is entirely ceremonial.

Mr Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday. In fact, by the time the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Court this weekend, a majority of American voters wanted his nomination rejected, according to CNN's latest survey.

"I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness".

"I´ve always been told it´s the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

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"The Supreme Court is a team of nine".

Trump continued: "And with that I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent".

He claimed he was the first justice to have an all-female staff. No", she added. "You gather your strength and you take it to where it has to go, and you will make people uncomfortable. By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care. Trump has spent the past few days relishing Kavanaugh's confirmation, which appeared in doubt as recently as last week after three women made sexual assault allegations against the nominee. Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice on October 6.

At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats' attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court "a national embarrassment, a national disgrace", without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982.

Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement early this year. It comes just in time to motivate evangelicals and social conservatives to turn out to vote in November elections that will determine control of Congress. Only one Democrat voted for Trump´s nominee.

Kavanaugh was quick to weigh in, asking his first question of a lawyer representing a defendant about 20 minutes into the first argument. One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

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