With remarkable speed, newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday at the court, just hours after the Senate voted in his favor 50-48.
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. gave Kavanaugh the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh’s mentor and former boss, gave a separate judicial oath.
The timetable gives Kavanaugh two days to prepare for oral arguments set for Tuesday, if he chooses to participate. The court is not sitting on Monday, a federal holiday. Kavanaugh has said he contingently hired four law clerks—all women—for the Supreme Court.
A White House statement released after the Senate vote applauded the confirmation and stated, “Later today, the President will sign his commission of appointment and he will be officially sworn in.”
Roberts delivered a private oath to Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, Trump’s first appointment to the high court. Kennedy later delivered an oath to Gorsuch at a public ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House. Gorsuch also served as a law clerk to Kennedy.
Kennedy, appearing last week at an event in Sacramento, California, was mum on the controversy that plagued Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied allegations he sexually assaulted a fellow high school student in the 1980s at a house party in Maryland. Ethics complaints confronting Kavanaugh’s testimony at his confirmation proceedings have been forwarded to the Supreme Court.