Who swore in Brett Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court?

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SUPREME Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on October 6, 2018, following contentious hearings in the Senate.

He filled the vacancy left by Anthony Kennedy, who had retired.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh

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Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett KavanaughCredit: AP:Associated Press

What happened during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing?

The conservative judge was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford.

She alleged the attack took place when they were teens, but Kavanaugh denied it ever happened.

The FBI investigated the allegations and Kavanaugh was confirmed by a slim 50-48 vote following the heated Senate Judiciary Committee debate.

"It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy," Republican Senator Susan Collins said, according to USA Today.

"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh."

Kavanaugh is also sworn in by Chief Justice Roberts

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Kavanaugh is also sworn in by Chief Justice RobertsCredit: Reuters

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said the nomination "has been one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate," the newspaper reported.

"Truly, Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is a low moment for the Senate, for the court and for the country," Schumer said. 

Who swore in Kavanaugh?

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh during the testy Senate hearings in 2018

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Kavanaugh during the testy Senate hearings in 2018Credit: Getty Images - Getty

The nomination of Kavanaugh had been paved by the retirement of Kennedy earlier in the year.

"Justice Kennedy, America owes you a profound debt of gratitude for a lifetime of noble service to our nation," President Donald Trump said during the swearing-in ceremony, according to CNN.

"And I want to thank you very much."

Who are the members of the Supreme Court?

John Roberts joins the country's highest court in 2005

John Roberts (Chief Justice) Amy Coney Barrett (Associate Justice) Brett Kavanaugh (Associate Justice) Stephen Breyer (Associate Justice) Clarence Thomas (Associate Justice) Samuel Alito (Associate Justice) Neil Gorsuch (Associate Justice) Sonia Sotomayor (Associate Justice) Elena Kagan (Associate Justice)

Trump later addressed the stormy hearings, saying: "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure."

"Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception.

President Donald Trump congratulates Kavanaugh

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President Donald Trump congratulates KavanaughCredit: EPA

"What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process."

Kavanaugh was sworn in during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court, and he started hearing cases the following week.

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"Mr. President, thank you for the great honor of appointing me to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court," he said when he was sworn in.

"I've seen firsthand your deep appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. I am grateful for your steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process.

"And I'm grateful to you and Mrs. Trump for the exceptional, overwhelming courtesy you have extended to my family and me."

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