Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Donald Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as SC Judge amid protests

Donald Trump claimed Monday that the emotionally draining Brett Kavanaugh saga was a "hoax" perpetrated by "evil" Senate Democrats involving some intentionally faked claims of sexual assault that were created to derail the newest Supreme Court justice.

With the partisan divide becoming more glaring on every issue with each passing election, Republicans feel their voters now increasinly view Democrats as opportunists who wanted to milk the Christine Blasey Ford testimony - especially after the way they whined despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe finding no corroborating evidence of Ford's claims against Kavanaugh from their high school years more than three decades ago. Kavanaugh's new benchmates will include Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who's praised the "Me Too" movement of women coming forward to say they were the subjects of sexual misconduct, as well as Justice Clarence Thomas, whose 1991 nomination nearly failed in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

"We were standing up for the presumption of innocence in this country", McConnell said of his support for Kavanaugh, blaming protesters on Capitol Hill for a "full-scale effort to intimidate" senators.

He angrily predicted that would backfire on Democrats in midterm Congressional elections in November.

"On Tuesday morning, he will sit to the left of Justice Elena Kagan, in the most junior spot on the high court's bench, and will hear arguments in three criminal cases before the court".

All eight Supreme Court justices attended the reception, along with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. After just a short couple of months to catch our collective breath, it'll be time to start thinking about the 2020 presidential election.

The confirmation means Trump has succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court - tilting it decidedly to the right in a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term.

Standing in front of his wife and two daughters, Mr Kavanaugh noted how the confirmation process was a contentious and emotional ordeal, but added: "I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness". After reports broke out of her husband's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), Melania Trump did not travel with the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Even though he was already sworn in, a swearing-in ceremony for Kavanaugh is set for 7 p.m. on Monday at the White House, prolonging a victory lap for Trump.

The teacher's tweet was posted on the same day that Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a bitterly divided U.S. Senate.

The President doubled down on how he feels it's wrong to consider impeaching his Supreme Court nominee - who was the "top scholar, top student, top intellect" - when he "did nothing wrong". "I had never seen a survey like that in Tennessee in recent weeks". 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 a year ago.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House's East Room.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who said she would be a no vote, voting present to make up for her Republican colleague Sen.

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