Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a new justice in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts and by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy so he can start work right away, the court’s press office said.
President Donald Trump signed the required written commission to Kavanaugh on Air Force One after calling to congratulate him, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.
Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath and Kennedy the Judicial Oath in the justices’ conference room, just a few hours after the Senate ended a partisan and contentious nomination process by confirming Kavanaugh in a near party-line 50-48 vote.
Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court Building during the swearing-in.
Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy and now will take his place on the court, becoming the 114th Supreme Court justice. Kennedy also appeared at Trump’s announcement that he would nominate him as a justice.
Kavanaugh must promise to support and defend the Constitution in the first oath administered to all major appointees to the federal government.
And he must vow that he will carry out his duties as a justice without respect to persons, give equal treatment to the rich and poor, and impartially perform his duties, in the Judicial Oath.
A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a special sitting of the court in the courtroom at a later date, the court’s press office said.