McConnell says challenging Trump in 2020 'a waste of time'

Mr Trump has defended his pick again

"If an opening comes in the past year of President Trump's term, and the primary process has started, we'll wait until the next election", Graham said in remarks at the Atlantic Festival last week.

Biskupic described the scene as Kavanaugh listened to arguments for the first time and the significance of hearing him addressed by his new title.

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologise to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain you have been forced to endure", Mr Trump said on Monday during a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

Kavanaugh faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct during his confirmation process, but was ultimately confirmed by a Senate vote of 50-48.

And on Monday evening he was the guest of honour at a ceremonial swearing-in at the White House.

Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh arrived for work on Monday to a familiar sight: protesting women dressed in "Handmaid's Tale" costumes. Fifty-six percent (56%) are angry about how the Senate treated Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, including 35% who are Very Angry.

Before hearing arguments on Tuesday, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Mr Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under former President Barack Obama regulating a potent greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

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In similar news, a national survey conducted October 1-2 by Rasmussen found that 65 percent of likely USA voters thought the Senate's handling of Kavanaugh's nomination was "poor". While Trump apologized on behalf of the nation for "the bad pain and suffering" Kavanaugh and his family had suffered and declared him "proven innocent", the new justice assured Americans that he would be fair and was taking the job with "no bitterness". Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Alaska Sen. Murkowski was the only Republican who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to a full roll call, and she voted "present" on the final tally.

Kavanaugh is expected to push the court further to the right as he is replacing Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes voted with the liberal justices on key social issues including in cases involving abortion and gay rights. She is a Yale Law School alumnus just like her boss, according to the Washington Post, which also reported that "two of the three African Americans clerking at the Supreme Court this term previously worked for Kavanaugh". Both men testified about their respect for Supreme Court precedent, though Gorsuch already has been in the majority to overrule four high-court rulings.

At a recent event in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan offered a similar take.

"They want to turn America, these Democrats...into a giant sanctuary for criminal aliens and the MS-13 killers that we're getting out of the country by the way by the thousands", he said.

"I'm not saying nobody could do it. but it requires a lot of force, more than you might think", Roberts said.

Ultimately, every Democrat voted against Kavanaugh except for Sen.

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