Freshly minted Justice Kavanaugh gets to work at US Supreme Court

Sen. Lindsey Graham. CNN screen capture

Former president Barack Obama's two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, did not participate in oath ceremonies at the White House.

In the 1990s, before becoming a judge, Kavanaugh was part of special counsel Kenneth Starr's team that investigated Democratic President Bill Clinton.

"Although the Senate confirmation process tested me as it has tested others, it did not change me", he said.

As for the generic congressional ballot, the CNN poll found Democrats with a 13-point lead among likely voters, with 54% of respondents saying they would vote for the Democratic Party's candidate and 41% saying they planned to vote for the GOP nominee.

Justice Kavanaugh will be closely scrutinised from his first day on the bench.

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday. But then-Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - who has now been replaced by Kavanaugh - appeared at least open to eventually adopting a standard that could limit that pernicious tactic, and most observers expect another gerrymandering case to make it to the high court soon.

Kavanaugh said he already has hired his first four law clerks, noting that he is the first justice to employ a team entirely made up of women. 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.

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"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said on Monday (Oct 8) during a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House. "And I think it's really going to show you something come November 6", when the midterms are held, Trump added.

Trump is traveling to Iowa on Tuesday for a campaign rally to energize his supporters for the midterms. And pundits presumed POTUS meant to take a victory lap after his nominee got the Senate's stamp of approval by a slim 50-48 margin following a very divisive confirmation battle, in which Kavanaugh faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations, but especially that he had sexually assaulted Ford when he was in high school. However, the Republican cautioned that "it remains to be seen whether this lasts for the next three weeks or not".

All eight Supreme Court justices attended the reception, along with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Other prominent Democrats indicate they have no immediate intention of pursuing an impeachment of Kavanaugh.

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

The Supreme Court will be hearing a case about an immigrant who has a prior criminal record but is now out of prison.

A petition to impeach Justice Kavanaugh has more than 150,000 signatures.

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