'Handmaids' Protest Brett Kavanaugh's First Day on Supreme Court

Pearl Mccarthy
October 10, 2018

Justice Brett Kavanaugh heard oral arguments for the first time Tuesday in cases about one of the Supreme Court's least favorite criminal laws, jumping into his role with some straightforward questions and little hint of the bitter confirmation process he just went through.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

It capped a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Mr Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago.

The judge was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote that largely followed party lines.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not impressed with how President Trump conducted himself at last night's ceremony for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump had originally called Ford's testimony credible but later changed his tune and mocked her for forgetting certain details.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in.

His attempt to frame his apology to Kavanaugh as coming on behalf of the entire nation also overlooks public antipathy toward the nominee. Court watchers will be looking to see whether the new justice asks questions at arguments and, if so, what he asks.

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Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time Tuesday in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high-court confirmation.

And on Monday evening he participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

"That process is over. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said at the White House, with his wife and children standing nearby.

Without mentioning the sexual assault allegations, he touted his record of promoting women - and the fact he has become the first justice to have an all-female staff.

He took his seat at the right end of the mahogany bench in the ornate courtroom, wearing traditional black robes like the other justices. "It is not a partisan or political institution", Kavanaugh said.

A handful of Democratic lawmakers, including congressmen Luis Gutierrez of IL and Ted Lieu of California, have pressed for Justice Kavanaugh's removal over the allegations. Roberts has previously said that assignment is a way of bringing a new justice "back down to Earth after the excitement of confirmation and appointment".

"For as long as Kavanaugh sits on the court, he will remain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power", Yale law professor Robert Post wrote in Politico.

According to Deadline, Kimmel joked that Trump is "flying extra high today after the confirmation of beer-battered Brett Kavanaugh, who is now on the United States Supreme Court despite all of the stuff you know about". He's already hired four women to serve as his Supreme Court clerks, something that he noted Monday evening was a first, and studied the legal briefs for the cases on deck.

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