Kavanaugh asks questions in first day on Supreme Court bench

Sergio Conner
October 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Saturday and will take part at a second ceremony at the White House later. There will also be those looking for any lingering signs of Kavanaugh's heated, partisan confirmation fight.

Justice Kavanaugh - who vehemently denies the sexual assault allegations against - is due to take his seat in the Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear arguments about longer prison terms for repeat offenders.

Seated on the far right end of the bench, Kavanaugh listened alongside his eight colleagues to Stokeling v.

Kavanaugh and his team are settling into the former chambers of Justice Samuel Alito, who moved to the offices vacated by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. "The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player on the team of nine".

There were no disruptions in the courtroom. Kavanaugh could serve for decades in the lifetime job.

Justice Roberts said: "We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling". He ended up asking questions of lawyers on both sides during two cases argued before the justices. In this case, the issue turned on whether a Florida robbery statute would call for an enhanced sentence.

His confirmation to the lifetime job was a victory for Trump and locked in a conservative majority on the court. These comments came in the aftermath of the bruising political saga caused by Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct with multiple women.

Senate Democratic strategists tell TPM that their candidates in the deep-red states saw some overall degradation in their numbers around the time of Kavanaugh hearings, numbers that have been borne out by some other recent public surveys.

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"I think that's premature", Senator Christopher A. Coons, a member of the Senate judiciary committee, said on NBC's Meet the Press. "If Justice Roberts sits on the complaints, then they will reside in a kind of purgatory and will never be adjudicated", said New York University law professor Stephen Gillers.

Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an influential USA appeals court, looked at ease as he asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders.

Ms Pelosi says she will file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to make public the confidential FBI investigation into the claims against Justice Kavanaugh.

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"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said, sticking a shiv in Democrats and Christine Blasey Ford.

"Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me", the justice said, affirming that he's committed to fairness and impartiality on the bench.

"Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception", he said. One of the two cases involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

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