Brett Kavanaugh seated on High Court amid continued protests, threats of impeachment

The epic confirmation hearings revolving around Brett Kavanaugh came to a merciful end Saturday with the new justice taking two oaths just hours after the Senate voted in favor of his nomination.

The swiftness of Kavanaugh’s swearing-in will assure his immediate participation in Supreme Court business on Tuesday.

The High Court resumed session one week ago.

Following a mid-afternoon vote on the Senate floor in which protesters shouted from the chamber’s gallery while senators cast ballots, Kavanaugh survived a bitterly-divided vote 50–48, with one Democrat voting in favor and one Republican against.

Immediately following the Senate vote, President Trump expressed his pleasure with a Tweet celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

On his way to a Kansas rally, Trump signed off on Kavanaugh’s Commission of Appointment, certifying his confirmation and paving the way for Saturday’s swearing-in ceremony.

Trump later commented Kavanaugh had been “able to withstand this horrible, horrible attack by the Democrats.”

As the vote took place, hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the nominee’s confirmation on Capitol Hill, demanding Kavanaugh’s impeachment.  Several dozen demonstrators were arrested.

Amid rancorous hearings, Democrats seized the moment to enhance fundraising, with DNC chair, Tom Perez, authoring an email appealing for donations:

“Here is one thing we’ve learned from the Brett Kavanaugh fight: We can never, ever, trust congressional Republicans to stand up to Donald Trump.”

“So it really is this simple: If we don’t want people like Brett Kavanaugh to be appointed to lifetime positions in our federal judiciary, we need to elect Democratic majorities this November.”

Perez’s mass email comes simultaneous with some Democratic lawmakers publicly speaking of impeachment of the new justice.

In a letter darkly hinting at impeachment proceedings against Kavanaugh 40 House Democrats warned Trump Kavanaugh could be subject to further investigation and his removal from the bench was likely if warranted.  All co-signers are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and cited “misleading statements” Kavanaugh made under oath to the Senate.

Shortly after being confirmed, in a private ceremony in which Kavanaugh was surrounded by his wife, children and parents, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath, followed by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who administered Kavanaugh’s judicial oath.

Now elevated to the highest court in the land, Justice Kavanaugh is the 114th member to serve on the Supreme Court.

 

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