At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he´d been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through American politics.
Kavanaugh described the confirmation process as "contentious and emotional", but said he has "no bitterness". The result is a tacit endorsement of Kavanaugh's ruling on the limit of executive power in agency law, one that sets a precedent for future court cases unless the Supreme Court chooses to revisit it.
New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said if Democrats win the House in November, they would open an investigation into Kavanaugh. He ended up asking questions of lawyers on both sides during two cases argued before the justices. We do not caucus in separate rooms.
Protesters crowded hallways in the Capitol before Kavanaugh's confirmation vote and pounded on the Supreme Court doors afterward. In 2020, we may keep President Donald Trump.
"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in.
The latest justice to join the bench, Neil Gorsuch, spoke past year during his swearing-in at the White House Rose Garden.
Kavanaugh is getting off to a swift start.
Kavanaugh took his seat at the right end of the courtroom's mahogany bench - the location assigned to the court's junior-most member - and wore traditional black robes like the other justices. Those center on which kinds of crimes trigger mandatory prison terms under the Armed Career Criminal Act.
Kavanaugh officially took up his new role on Saturday, following a private swearing in ceremony. Only Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer participated in a White House event after they had been sworn-in and begun work as a justice, according to the court's records on oath-taking by the current crop of justices.
US Senate confirms Kavanaugh to SC after divisive fight
Hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon after a three-month-long nomination process.
Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.
His nomination had appeared safe until Ford last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.
Kavanaugh's allies predicted the partisan air around his confirmation would fade.
"I'm not saying nobody could do it. but it requires a lot of force, more than you might think", Roberts said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings.
And it wouldn't elicit laughs as Justice Sonia Sotomayor did when she gave Justice Neil Gorsuch a little pinch on the arm to illustrate whether something like that would fit under the law's definition.
The high court now has five conservative justices and four liberals.
"It is a real danger that the partisan hostility that people see in the political branches will affect the nonpartisan activity of the judicial branch", he said. But critics said Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.