Newly installed Kavanaugh gets to work at Supreme Court

Susan Collins is among the targets on this week’s John Oliver show

Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday, earning 50 "yes" votes - the fewest for any Supreme Court justice in the modern era.

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that President Donald Trump staged a "political rally" at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in that "further undermined the image and integrity of the court". He made an extraordinary apology to Mr Kavanaugh on behalf of the country for what he'd been through, after being publicly accused of sexual assault. Kavanaugh will also reunite with six of his former clerks on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia who are now clerking for other justices.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy.

The scene Tuesday morning contrasted sharply with a loud demonstration on Saturday, when chanting protesters climbed the normally off-limits Supreme Court steps and plaza.

There were no disruptions in the courtroom, and the justices laughed at one another's jokes.

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Chief Justice John Roberts formally welcomed Kavanaugh, 53, to a court that now has five conservative members and four liberals.

They held up signs that said, "We do not consent", "We will not yield", and "You failed your mom". He ended up asking questions of lawyers on both sides during two cases argued before the justices. Next to him will be Justice Elena Kagan, who hired him to teach at Harvard Law when she served as dean. In this case, the issue turned on whether a Florida robbery statute would call for an enhanced sentence.

It is seen as a major victory for President Trump, tilting the balance in the nation's highest court in favour of conservatives for years to come.

And it wouldn't elicit laughs as Justice Sonia Sotomayor did when she gave Justice Neil Gorsuch a little pinch on the arm to illustrate whether something like that would fit under the law's definition.

Kavanaugh was Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body, following conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

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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. The FBI probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh reportedly found no corroboration of the allegations against him but was criticized by Democrats for not being a full investigation. But critics said Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.

"His confirmation is an inflection point in the history of the court; there is no pretending any more that the court is an apolitical institution", Fallon said.

Kavanaugh, along with his law clerks, already has been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday when the justices will hear arguments in two cases about longer prison terms for repeat offenders.

Kavanaugh's installation cements the strongest conservative majority on the court since the New Deal, delivering on a decades-long ambition of the American right.

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Murkowski said: 'I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time'. In addition to the very serious and credible allegations of sexual assault by Dr.


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