Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Donald Trump’s Swearing-In Ceremony Of Brett Kavanaugh

Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Donald Trump’s Swearing-In Ceremony Of Brett Kavanaugh

New Justice Brett Kavanaugh says the U.S. Supreme Court "is not a partisan or political institution", and is promising to "always be a team player on a team of nine".

Kavanaugh, who was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and former Justice Anthony Kennedy on Saturday following the Senate confirmation vote, will be ruling on cases regarding immigration, the Armed Career Criminal Act, and product liability. This being argument, today's session is unlikely to produce any major news other than the novelty of it being Kavanaugh's first day on the job; his family will be on hand in the chamber to share the day with him.

In 2009 when Sotomayor was sworn in, administration officials said Obama wanted to forgo a White House oath as a sign of the new justice's independence.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by a razor-thin 50-48 majority in the U.S. Senate following accusations of sexual misconduct, including one of sexual assault as a high-schooler, that he emphatically denied. Jackson also worked for Kavanaugh on the appeals court.

In reality, Kavanaugh's confirmation lit a match under existing left-right tensions.

Mr Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

Kavanaugh emphasized he will be an "independent" and "impartial" justice on the nation's highest court.

He has already hired four law clerks - all female, a first in the court's history.

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".

More news: Republican Sen. Susan Collins backs Kavanaugh, paving way for confirmation

Noting that the Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional, he said his focus now is to be the best Justice he can be.

The statement said the complaints "seek investigations only of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States".

Justice Kavanaugh can be expected to cast crucial votes on those issues as well as gun control, immigration, voting rights and others. The panel lambasted President Donald Trump's tone at the event, while semi-praising Kavanaugh's.

Despite the heated fight, the judge moved to distance himself from political divisions and said he planned to work with his new colleagues to be an "umpire, a neutral and impartial decider who favors no side".

On Wednesday, the only other day of arguments this week, the court will hear another two hours of arguments.

Though he missed the court's first week, none of the six cases argued dealt with blockbuster issues. Kavanaugh won't vote in those cases, but if the court is split 4-4, it could decide to have those cases reargued so Kavanaugh can break the tie.

"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.

The appeals were brought by an environmental group and companies that supported the rule, which had limited hydrofluorocarbons used in a variety of products including spray cans and air conditioners.

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