Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as Supreme Court justice on Saturday hours after the US Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him for the top job amid acrimony inside the chamber and protests at its doorsteps.
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial one for Kavanaugh.
Addressing thousands of supporters in Topeka, President Donald Trump called Kavanaugh’s confirmation a victory for the nation, people and the Constitution,
Trump praised Republican senators for ignoring Democrats’ smear campaign and voting for Kavanaugh whom he described as a man of great character and intellect.
En route to Kansas, Trump said he is 100% certain Christine Blasey Ford wrongly accused Kavanaugh of the alleged assault that happened when the two were in high school.
Earlier, the US Senate confirmed Kavanaugh with a 50-48 vote that will swing the nine-member court to the right for a generation.
Trump will use the Republican victory over Kavanaugh’s confirmation to galvanise voters ahead of next month’s midterm elections.
During the Senate vote, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski voted no on Kavanaugh. Senator Joe Manchin was the lone Democrat to vote in Kavanaugh’s favour.
Trump told The Washington Post that voters of Alaska will never forgive Murkowski and she would lose a primary challenge in 2022.