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Noting that the Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional, he said his focus now is to be the best Justice he can be.

All eight of the Supreme Court's other justices attended the White House ceremony, a show of collegiality by members of an ideologically divided court.

With police standing by, a handful of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building, holding signs saying "Shame" and "He sits on a throne of lies", while chanting, "This isn't over, we're still here".

His remarks on Murkowski were part of a wide-ranging interview in which McConnell acknowledged that the extended fight over confirming Kavanaugh has widened an existing gender gap in which Republicans trail Democrats in support among women.

Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday and has already been at work preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday.

"Over this past year, following the cases of Weinstein and Cosby and the explosion of #MeToo, our numbers have been growing pretty rapidly, but we've never seen anything like this before", Berkowitz added.

ActBlue - an online fundraising platform for Democrats - raised almost $10 million on October 5 - the day the Senate held a procedural vote on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward - and another $9 million on October 6, the day the upper chamber formally confirmed him.

In reality, Kavanaugh´s confirmation lit a match under existing tensions ahead of the midterm elections.

Kavanaugh was Trump's second selection for the nation's highest judicial body, following conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

Democrats have been frustrated throughout Trump's term by their inability to control or begin investigations into things like potential collusion with Russia, Trump's taxes, or his businesses.

At one point, Kavanaugh could be seen having a lighthearted exchange with liberal Justice Elena Kagan, seated next to him. Gorsuch responded with a faux grimace of pain.

While they may have gotten their base riled up, Democrats seem to have hurt themselves overall with their ruthless political machinations during Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. The law requires a 15-year minimum sentence for firearm offenders who have three prior serious or violent felony convictions.

"Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her confidence, she and her lawyers said so repeatedly", Feinstein said. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

Avenatti told CNN before Swetnick went public that he was "highly confident" in her allegations, and he said he had been "proven right time and time again" in the past. Two other women also accused him of sexual misconduct. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said late last month of the allegations against Kavanaugh.

He later expressed regret over some of his comments. The school recently said that Kavanaugh will not be returning to teach there.

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

"If an opening comes in the a year ago 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.

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