Brett Kavanaugh Takes Oath as US Supreme Court Judge after divisive fight

NEW DELHI: Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a judge in the United States Supreme Court on Saturday after the Senate confirmed his nomination by 50 votes to 48. Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the newest Supreme Court Justice at a private ceremony. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court.

The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 — and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991. Ahead of the vote, hundreds of people protested against Kavanaugh’s nomination at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

A separate, public swearing-in ceremony is planned for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday in the White House’s East Room. It reflects a high water mark of the Trump presidency: Republican control of the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the judiciary’s top court. President Donald Trump, tweeted saying he applauds and congratulates the US Senate for “confirming our great nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh…”

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