Court mood is jovial as Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

Bill Maher. “Real Time with Bill Mahar”, screen capture

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

As Kavanaugh won't vote in any cases prior to his tenure, these votes could end in a 4-4 tie, leading to either a reinstatement of the lower court ruling or a retrial with Kavanaugh.

"On behalf of our nation, I would like to apologize to Brett and his family for the bad pain and suffering that you have been forced to endure", Trump, standing in the East Room of the White House, said in the televised event.

Trump noted that Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, was in the East Room audience at the White House, along with his two daughters Liza and Margaret.

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

During a speech in Florida earlier on Monday, Mr Trump denounced the accusations against Justice Kavanaugh as "a hoax" perpetrated "by people that are evil".

The President put on a big show at the White House tonight to swear Judge Kavanaugh in for a second time, two days after his actual swearing in. Kavanaugh has moved into the chambers previously occupied by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who has taken over Kennedy's chambers.

The president also told reporters on Monday morning that he thinks many Democrats will vote Republican in next month's midterm elections because they are angry about Kavanaugh's treatment.

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Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court had been considered safe until California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with explosive allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school.

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"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.

Only one US supreme court justice has ever been impeached - Samuel Chase, in 1804, who was acquitted by the Senate. With Kavanaugh's ascent to the nine-member high court, Trump now has filled two vacancies on the court from his list, including Neil Gorsuch past year.

But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a markedly more conciliatory tone.

When Trump ran for the presidency in 2016, he vowed to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court, disclosing a list of possible candidates.

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

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