Trump crows over bitter Supreme Court justice victory

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Kavanaugh was accused by several women of sexual misconduct, including California professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who testified under oath that he assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle.

In the 1990s, before becoming a judge, Kavanaugh was part of special counsel Kenneth Starr's team that investigated Democratic President Bill Clinton. But then-Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - who has now been replaced by Kavanaugh - appeared at least open to eventually adopting a standard that could limit that pernicious tactic, and most observers expect another gerrymandering case to make it to the high court soon.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said, sticking a shiv in Democrats and Christine Blasey Ford.

Justice Kavanaugh was joined at the ceremony by his wife and two daughters.

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, following a torrid confirmation process that divided America, the United States president slammed Democrat opponents for having waged a "campaign of personal destruction" against Justice Kavanaugh.

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Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 Saturday after a bitter Senate battle. It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people who were evil.

Mr. Trump has continued to laud Kavanaugh's character and intellect, following allegations of sexual misconduct that roiled Kavanaugh's confirmation process for weeks. Kavanaugh has moved into the chambers previously occupied by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who has taken over Kennedy's chambers.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", he said in his earlier comments outside the White House.

Justice Kavanaugh has followed up on his pledge to hire women to serve as his law clerks, becoming the first justice to have an all-female staff.

"The reality is, right now, Republicans control the House and the Senate, and there's no way to do even an investigation unless we flip one of the houses", replied Booker, a Democrat seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2020. He took his oaths of office in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on Saturday evening.

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Senator Chris Coons of DE called impeachment talk "premature", while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it "would not be my plan" to impeach the justice.

Other analysts said the court's reputation could suffer as it becomes perceived as a political, rather than a legal, institution.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.

The president said he had many friends who were Democrats, but that the party was pushing politics too far left.

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