Majority of Americans Say Kavanaugh Shouldn't Be On the Supreme Court

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Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza.

At a White House ceremony on Monday night, Mr Kavanaugh said he was starting his new job without bitterness.

In his speech at the ceremony, Kavanaugh said the emotional Senate confirmation process "tested" him, "but it did not change me".

Late Monday, Trump was set to rub salt into opponents' wounds by hosting a formal swearing-in ceremony.

"If I'm chairman, they won't take it up, no", Grassley replied when asked if he would take up the confirmation of a new justice to the nation's high court should a spot be vacant.

"To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely hard and often hostile circumstances, we really can't thank them enough", he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor. He added however that if someone else were to take over the role of committee chair, "they'll have to decide for themselves, but that's a decision I made a long time ago".

"Our generation has found in you what those before us found in Professor Anita Hill: a heroism based not on greed, ego, violence, and self-serving nationalism but truth, vulnerability, and the courage to sacrifice one's own safety for the greater good", said the letter, which is posted on the me too website.

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The clerks are Kim Jackson, who previously worked for Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen.

"If an opening comes in the past year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait until the next election", Graham said in remarks at the Atlantic Festival last week.

He claimed he was the first justice to have an all-female staff.

Republicans are madder about the Kavanaugh controversy than Democrats are and more determined to vote in the upcoming elections because of it.

McConnell's remarks were viewed as a signal that he would be open to filling a potential Supreme Court vacancy in 2020. Instead, the former D.C. Circuit judge missed the first week of arguments as the Senate considered an allegation that he had sexually assaulted a woman in high school, an allegation he adamantly denied. Trump has spent the past few days relishing Kavanaugh's confirmation, which appeared in doubt as recently as last week after three women made sexual assault allegations against the nominee.

"The older the voter, the angrier they are about the treatment of both Kavanaugh and Ford, but those 40 and over are madder about how Kavanaugh was treated".

A handful of protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the court gathered outside, chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here". The US Supreme Court is supposed to be a sacred institution impervious to partisan politics but the newly confirmed justice Brett Kavanaugh gives the court its staunchest conservative majority in decades. One of the two cases the court is hearing Wednesday involves the detention of immigrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key.

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