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Trump calls Kavanaugh sexual assault claims a hoax

10 October 2018, 04:19 | Darnell Patrick

Kavanaugh sworn in again during ceremonial event at White House

Trump decries calls to impeach Kavanaugh as an ‘insult to American public’

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks during his ceremonial public swearing-in, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 8, 2018.

Those who were there held signs saying "We will not forget" and "We do not consent", following the acrimonious fight that culminated in Kavanaugh's 50-48 Senate confirmation Saturday.

The former dean of Yale Law School, from which Kavanaugh graduated, wrote he was "shell shocked" by the judge's forceful testimony denying sexual assault allegations and decrying what he called a concerted effort by liberal enemies, including the Clintons.

Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction".

Mr Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.

Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family for "the awful suffering you have been forced to endure".

Within a half hour of the start of his first oral argument on the Supreme Court Tuesday, Kavanaugh had already proved he wouldn't be a silent presence on the bench like Justice Clarence Thomas, who went through a similarly bruising confirmation process in 1991 but was famously quiet during questioning.

This comes after Kavanaugh was sworn in over the weekend by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts, who also attended the ceremony.

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Kavanaugh officially took the oath in a more hurried, private procedure Saturday, but the White House version late Monday gave the Trump administration a chance to perform the equivalent of a victory lap on live television. He noted that his newly hired law clerks were all women, which he said was a historic first at the Supreme Court.

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?"

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.

That will set off more hysteria over Kavanaugh's confirmation, but it's meaningless. "It is not a partisan or political institution", Kavanaugh said.

He thanked the Republicans who stood with Kavanaugh and said "it was a great honor to be involved in this situation". The new justice's four clerks all are women, the first time that has happened.

"I´ve always been told it´s the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

Mr Kavanaugh said he was not bitter despite the "contentious" confirmation.

This is all just hypothetical at this point, but McConnell would be in a different position than Biden was in 1992, or Schumer was in 2007, or McConnell himself was in 2016, since Republicans would control the Senate and the White House.



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