Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

President Donald Trump apologises to Kavanaugh for 'pain' caused during confirmation process. Image Credits ANI

Kavanaugh's wife and two daughters were in seats reserved for justices' guests, along with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. With courtroom security tight, there were no disruptions by protesters during the arguments, as there had been during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.

Don't expect to find any flattering biographical information about newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on his namesake website domain.

Protesters held signs that said, "We will not forget" and "We do not consent", following the acrimonious fight that culminated in Kavanaugh's 50-48 confirmation by the Senate on Saturday.

As Gorsuch did in his first arguments past year, Kavanaugh focused heavily on the importance of following earlier decisions of the court.

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. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.

New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is returning to the White House for a televised appearance Monday with President Donald Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections.

Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act.

"I think a lot of Democrats are going to vote Republican", Trump added. Trump and Senate Republican leaders agreed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe at the request of Republican senators whose support for Kavanaugh appeared to be wavering.

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Kavanaugh had served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington since 2006.

Mr 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.

"I have made it my personal mission to defeat Susan Collins", said current Democratic Senate nominee Zak Ringelstein, who said that he'd prefer to help a Collins' challenger as a USA senator, but wouldn't rule out a second attempt to run for senator in 2020 if he loses next month when he tries to unseat incumbent Angus King.

Mr Kavanaugh is expected to push the court further to the right as he is replacing Justice Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes voted with the liberal justices on key social issues including in cases involving abortion and gay rights.

Then, just as his confirmation seemed inevitable, 11th-hour allegations emerged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl while at high school and exposed himself to a female classmate at an alcohol-fueled dorm party at Yale University. A yawning divide has opened in the previous year over whether allegations of sexual misconduct should be enough to topple accused men from the pinnacle of their professions. He had denied her allegation.

He later expressed regret over some of his comments.

Referring to a 2010 decision known as Curtis Johnson, Kavanaugh asked Justice Department lawyer Frederick Liu what the court should do "if we're trying to follow Curtis Johnson strictly?"

Kavanaugh knows numerous justices, who all showed up at the White House Monday night.

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