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Kavanaugh Debuts On Supreme Court, Pledging To Be A 'Team Player'

A divided Senate voted 50 to 48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the high court. The bitter campaign could leave a mark on his reputation and on public confidence in the institution, legal experts say.
Newly sworn-in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh speaks as his wife, daughters and President Trump listen on Monday. "The Supreme Court is an institution of law. It is not a partisan or political institution," Kavanaugh said. Source: Jim Watson

Updated at 9:20 a.m. ET

The Supreme Court welcomes its newest justice Tuesday as Brett Kavanaugh takes the bench for his first arguments since a contentious Senate voted narrowly to confirm him, cementing a decades-long campaign by conservatives to reshape the nation's highest court.

On Monday evening, Kavanaugh, 53, joined family members, friends and President Trump at the White House for a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony, at which the new justice tried to ease the partisan wounds from his confirmation

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