Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Merrick Garland attend Brett Kavanaughs swearing-in

Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Merrick Garland attend Brett Kavanaugh\s swearing-in
Republicans midterms secret weapon? Brett Kavanaugh.
Washington (CNN)Republicans lost dozens of House seats and the majority in that chamber Tuesday, while simultaneously expanding their control of the Senate.

Security at the Supreme Court was heightened for the event, which began just after 10 a.m. when the president and first lady Melania Trump took their seats next to retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement opened the seat for Kavanaugh.

The investiture ceremony was brief, lasting less than 10 minutes. Kavanaugh was seated in the well of the courtroom in the chair used by Chief Justice John Marshall. He did not take the traditional walk down the Supreme Courts front steps after the event due to security reasons, the courts public information office said last week.

Watching Brett Kavanaugh stripped naked and publicly humiliated by the organized left and media was excruciating. The obscenity of it, the injustice. Even worse was the tightly-knotted ball of fear growing like a fascist cancer in all decent people, as we lived with the intolerable thought that this abomination might succeed, that the single most appalling act of McCarthyism of my lifetime might actually pay off.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he was fired Wednesday, moved to enter Kavanaughs commission into the record, after which Chief Justice John Roberts administered the judicial oath to the newest justice.

After administering the oath, Roberts wished Kavanaugh a long and happy career in our common calling. Kavanaugh then returned to his seat on the bench, and shook hands with Justices Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan along the way.

“A high-profile moment of contrast with President Trump is the last thing he needed ahead of an election where Trump voters were required for his victory,” said one GOP strategist involved in Senate contests. “He also tried to make his race very local. … He did everything he could to separate himself with the national Democratic Party, but Kavanaugh nationalized the race in a way that he couldnt avoid, and it framed him as a national Democrat who stuck with the national Democrats at a moment that Hoosiers wanted him to support Kavanaugh.”

Others attending the ceremony were Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who sat at the counsels table directly in front of the justices during the ceremony.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the invocation of Kavanaugh became a rallying cry. Donald Trump, Jr., the presidents eldest son, raised the issue as he stumped for Rep. Martha McSally in Arizona, businessman John James in Michigan, and several others. Kavanaugh was a winner with GOP crowds, and Republican Senate candidates everywhere leaned on it in the final month of the midterm campaign to make up ground and push past their Democratic competition.

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McConnell and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, his wife, as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., attended.

From the White House, chief of staff John Kelly and press secretary Sarah Sanders were in the audience, as was former White House counsel Don McGahn.

God bless all of the victims and families of the victims. Thank you to Law Enforcement, Trump tweeted. Hundreds of people, mostly college students, were inside the establishment at the time of the shooting.

McGahn played a crucial role in Kavanaughs confirmation, accompanying him to meetings with senators on Capitol Hill and working to save the nomination after Kavanaugh faced allegations of sexual misconduct. He left his post at the White House last month.

Trump visited the Supreme Court for Kavanaughs ceremonial swearing-in, and met with other justices privately beforehand. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent, however, recovering from fracturing three ribs.

Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and other judges on the appeals court, on which Kavanaugh served for 12 years, were also among the guests.

President Donald Trump offered condolences on Thursday for the victims of a mass shooting in California, as he joined Justice Brett Kavanaugh for a ceremony at the Supreme Court.

Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama in 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But McConnell refused to hold confirmation hearings for Garland because it was a presidential election year.

The president and first lady met with the justices before the ceremony for roughly 10 minutes in the justices conference room.

Mitch McConnell did not mince words Wednesday about the impact now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation battle had on the midterm elections, saying it gave Republicans a much-needed “adrenaline shot” in the Senate races.

Trump attends Kavanaugh ceremony at Supreme Court

Absent from Tuesdays ceremony was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was admitted to the hospital for observation early Thursday morning after fracturing three ribs.

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Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate in a slim 50-48 vote at the beginning of October. He was sworn in as the Supreme Courts newest justice following the vote, and participated in his first oral argument days later.

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