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On Monday, President Donald Trump started Brett Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony at the White House by claiming that the new Supreme Court justice has been effectively cleared of the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him. Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza.

Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court today after he was sworn in at a private ceremony on Saturday and a public ceremony on Monday, report the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post in stories here and here.

The nomination went forward, and Kavanaugh was confirmed in a slim 50-48 vote on Saturday.

Ceremonial swearing-ins are unusual for new justices.

Kavanaugh emphasized he will be an "independent" and "impartial" justice on the nation's highest court.

He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation.

"If I'm chairman, they won't take it up", Grassley said, referring to a possible 2020 nomination in a Tuesday interview with Fox News. "He's the one in his rallies have said things like this, I'd like to punch him in the face", said Waters.

Mr Kavanaugh now moves to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential US Court of Appeals in Washington, where he built a conservative judicial record and a reputation for being affable and well prepared.

He said that "under historic scrutiny", Mr Kavanaugh was "proven innocent". "I think, frankly, we are just less than a month away from an election". McConnell said that threats of violence and murder were made against senators and their staff. Some even speculated anger over Democrats' treatment of Kavanaugh would spur GOP voters even more. The court will be hearing arguments Tuesday in two previously little-noticed cases involving the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law that imposes heightened penalties on people who repeatedly commit serious crimes.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for Trump's nominee. Kavanaugh, in contrast, is expected to be a more decidedly conservative vote, tilting the court right for decades and leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the justice closest to the ideological middle.

Trump told the crowd he is "100 percent" certain that Feinstein "leaked" Ford's name, which led to the public testimony of Ford and Kavanaugh's denial of her allegation, then he backtracked to he was "99 percent" certainty, saying he didn't want to get sued.

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation isn't what Democrats wanted - but it might be what they need.

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote.

President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court appointees, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, didn't participate in oath ceremonies at the White House.

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