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Kavanaugh says he's unchanged by bitter Supreme Court confirmation

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Donald Trump's controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a judge of the US Supreme Court, in a major victory for the US President ahead of key mid-term elections in November amid crackling tension, angry protests and high drama on Capitol Hill.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say she has still not been able to return to her home because of the "unending" death threats she has continued to receive after testifying against Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice over the weekend.

McConnell said the confirmation fight had energized Republican voters and he praised Republican senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings.

Collins, one of the few pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, has asserted that Kavanaugh considers Roe v. Wade "settled law" and would not vote to overturn that 1973 decision.

After taking the oath of office, Kavanaugh spoke to the audience vowing to serve the law in the Supreme Court.

Moreover, such a move would embolden President Trump to continue saying what he has been saying, which is that the Democrats are a radical left-wing party that stand only for impeachment-both of the newly-appointed Justice Kavanaugh, and of the president himself. Kasich appeared on CNN's State of the Union and Coons was on NBC's Meet the Press. Kavanaugh was added to the list via the same process after Neil Gorsuch's confirmation, and attracted immediate support from orthodox members of the conservative legal establishment, where Roe v. Wade is nearly universally regarded as an abomination.

Kavanaugh repeatedly denied the allegation and, following an FBI background investigation, was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday after senators voted largely along party lines.

"It was a disgraceful situation, brought about people that are evil", the president added, though it was unclear whether he was referring to Kavanaugh's accusers, Senate Democrats opposing his confirmation, or other unnamed individuals. She stated that she believes Ford was assaulted - but not by the man she remembers being Kavanaugh. She then said her "greatest fears have been realized".

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"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said while in Florida.

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.

'I think it's an insult to the American public, ' Trump said of the organized opposition to Kavanaugh.

He is replacing retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative jurist who often cast the deciding swing vote on ideologically divisive issues, upholding abortion and gay rights and the use of affirmative action aiding racial minorities in college admissions.

Although she is not up for re-election this year, a site raising money for her 2020 challenger crashed after her announcement to back Kavanaugh - so far, it's raised more than $3.5 million.

Mr Kavanaugh returned to the White House for a televised appearance on Monday (local time) with Mr Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections.

Kavanaugh said he was thankful for the "steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process".