Kavanaugh makes US Supreme Court debut


US President Donald Trump says sexual assault allegations against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were a "hoax", pressing on an issue that Republicans have used to energise their voters. He had denied her allegation.

Kavanaugh described the confirmation process as "contentious and emotional", but said he has "no bitterness".

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in -again - at an event at the White House, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh's opponents for a "campaign of personal destruction".

PHOTO: Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices' Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building, Oct. 6, 2018.

Mr Trump said he was "very proud" of Justice Kavanaugh and his family, and disparaged the anti-Kavanaugh protesters.

The other eight justices were all in attendance for Monday's swearing-in, which was entirely ceremonial.

Supreme Court with a new conservative majority takes the bench as Brett Kavanaugh, narrowly confirmed after a bitter Senate battle, joins his new colleagues to hear his first arguments as a justice. He's already hired four women to serve as his Supreme Court clerks, something that he noted Monday evening was a first, and studied the legal briefs for the cases on deck.

Referring to a 2010 decision known as Curtis Johnson, Kavanaugh asked Justice Department lawyer Frederick Liu what the court should do "if we're trying to follow Curtis Johnson strictly?"

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"The Supreme Court is a team of nine".

More people believed California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both high school students, and other women who accused him of misconduct than believed Kavanaugh's denials, according to the CNN poll.

A spokesperson at the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works on House races, said it saw a 418 percent increase in online donations in the first week of October - when Kavanaugh was undergoing an FBI investigation - compared to the first week of September. Some Democrats have talked of impeaching Kavanaugh, though the process is hard with a two-thirds Senate majority required to remove a federal judge. After weeks of being painted as an existential threat to women's rights and, indeed, a serial predator, the newly-minuted justice made history by bringing on SCOTUS' first ever all-female slate of law clerks.

They held up signs that said, "We do not consent", "We will not yield", and "You failed your mom".

Ultimately, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48.

"On the Supreme Court, I will seek to be a force for civility and unity", Kavanaugh said.

Senator McConnell called the current partisan divide a "low point", but he blamed Democrats.

Maine's Susan Collins was just one of the many Republicans who came under fire from John Oliver during Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight".