Battle won, Brett Kavanaugh gets down to business

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Moving beyond a ferocious confirmation battle that divided the country, Brett Kavanaugh got down to business as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday and took an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues on his first day on the job.

Following arguably the biggest - and hardest fought - victory of his controversy-strewn presidency, Trump was crowing.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening after the Senate narrowly confirmed him, 50-48, with only one Democrat voting yes. Kamala Harris turned up in politically important Ohio, where she reminded more than 1,000 of the party faithful at the Ohio Democratic Party's fall fundraising dinner that she walked out of the Kavanaugh proceedings at one point because they had become "a sham and a disgrace".

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing on September 27 accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

"I think that's premature", Sen.

In a quiet moment, while the chief justice welcomed new members to the Supreme Court bar, Justice Elena Kagan appeared to share a couple of whispered jokes with Kavanaugh, causing him to smile broadly. That's the only thing I remember.

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

Kavanaugh's critics, unhappy with the Senate process, Kavanaugh's record and the way sexual assault allegations were handled, still plan to continue their protests against him.

No concrete evidence was produced to back up the searing accusations, which Republicans described as a dirty tricks campaign. He helped to vet Roberts and Alitowhen Kavanaugh was working as a lawyer in the White House.

With Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court, Republicans, long dispirited by Trump's string of scandals and the prospect of losing their congressional majorities, are whooping it up. "On the Supreme Court I will seek to be a force for stability and unity", he said.

After rallying in Iowa on Tuesday night, Trump heads to Pennsylvania on Wednesday and OH on Friday before wrapping up his week of campaign travel in Kentucky on Saturday.

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said while in Florida.

In reality, Kavanaugh´s confirmation lit a match under existing tensions ahead of the midterm elections.

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court fired the starting pistol for the final sprint to Election Day, with control of the House and Senate at stake.

Only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for Trump's nominee.

Surrounded by his wife, Ashley, and two young daughters, Kavanaugh also briefly acknowledged the barriers he said that women in the workforce still face and touted his commitment to hiring female law clerks.

The initial focus of opposition was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. Christine Blasey Ford's bombshell interview with The Washington Post and her emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee threatened to upend the nomination after she accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.

U.S. President Donald Trump uses the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the November 6 elections.

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