Sworn-in Kavanaugh seeks new tone

Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks

Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks

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".

Most Utahns supported the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, though voters continue to be split on whether they back President Donald Trump, a new poll shows. He said this would lead to "wasting a lot of time, but we'll just have to fight it out because there's a lot of haters and they're just absolute haters". Jamie Pedersen, who is chairman of the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign.

Republican Susan Collins of ME joined with Democrats to support the resolution, but the vote resulted in a 50-50 tie, failing to achieve a majority. "That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court confirmation process is a stark reminder about why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American consciousness". "Even before Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh posed questions to lawyers in both cases before the court, his first one coming about 20 minutes into the arguments.

But Democrats see a potential opening in an issue that's dropped off the radar: health care. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.

The judge who made that recommendation to Roberts, Karen Le Craft Henderson, said in a letter that she was making this suggestion "because of the exceptional circumstance related to the above referenced complaints and the concern that local disposition may weaken public confidence in the process".

The complaints landed with Roberts because of his role as chief justice of the United States, not because Kavanaugh is now a member of the Supreme Court.




Roberts prompted laughter when he described asking his law clerks to try to grab a dollar bill from his hand to determine if that constituted a violent act.

"And what they saw on the Senate Judiciary Committee with the abandonment of the presumption of innocence, on the Judiciary Committee, which I think is in some ways disqualifying, the Republicans said, no - those Republicans said, 'No, this is not the alternative we're seeking, '" Tyler added. Several justices asked whether pinching amounts to violence and Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared to playfully pinch Gorsuch. Republicans thought they would finally overturn the law as the court had eight justices appointed by Republican presidents. And to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical.

But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.

One of the ethics complaints claims Kavanaugh lied about the sexual assault allegation against him, Buzzfeed News reported. Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, came forward after Ford, alleging other sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh denied all allegation and after the FBI investigated the claims, investigators found no corroborating evidence.

He later expressed regret over some of his comments. For many of its champions were, in Kavanaugh's case, demanding a suspension of the principle of "innocent until proven guilty", and calling for the judge's rejection in disgrace, based exclusively on their belief in a wholly uncorroborated 36-year-old story. Trump held a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony Monday night at the White House.

Pelosi said obtaining the tax returns would be "one of the first things we'd do" and the "easiest thing in the world" during an interview Wednesday with the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board.

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