At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he´d been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through American politics.
At campaign events, President Donald Trump has been touting the confirmation of Kavanaugh, Justice Neil Gorsuch and a raft of conservative federal judges.
The tone inside the courtroom was collegial, in contrast to the venom of Kavanaugh's confirmation fight.
Kavanaugh emphasized he will be an "independent" and "impartial" justice on the nation's highest court.
With police standing by, a small group of protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".
President Donald Trump listens as retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote on October 6, concluding a bitter confirmation battle with exactly one month left before the midterm election on November 6.
Meanwhile, Christine Blasey Ford - who said the judge sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982 when they were high school students - has been unable to move back home because of "unending" death threats, according to one of her lawyers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the extended fight over confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has widened an existing gender gap in which Republicans trail Democrats in support among women. "It is not a partisan or political institution", said Kavanaugh, who was to take up his seat on the nine-member bench on October 9.
"We wish you a long and happy career in our common calling", Roberts told Kavanaugh, who could serve for decades in the lifetime job.
As Kavanaugh dominated the headlines over the past two weeks, Republicans made slight gains in the House's generic ballot, while significantly improving their prospects in the race for Senate control.
"They are so, so certain they're gonna win this, they've already banked on the win", he continued.
The cases challenge the types of crimes that qualify as violent felonies under that law and can lead to 15-year mandatory minimum sentences.
Kavanaugh was sworn in on Monday.
"I say that it's a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of".
He emphatically denied the allegations.
The Republican party raised a total of $5.7 million from Sept. 30 to October 5, compared to $4.38 million raised by the DCCC from the end of September to October 5, which is the day Kavanaugh secured the votes in the Senate to be confirmed. Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s. "What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process".
"It is very hard I think for a member of the public to look at what goes on in confirmation hearings these days, which is a very sharp conflict in political terms between Democrats and Republicans, and not think that the person who comes out of that process must similarly share that partisan view of public issues and public life".