Kavanaugh sworn in as US supreme court justice

Added On October 8, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh,  was officially sworn in on Saturday. 
The Senate narrowly confirmed him by a vote of 50 to 48 amid fierce partisan fights and troubling sexual misconduct allegations. 
The 53-year-old conservative was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. 
Kavanaugh succeeded 82-year-old Justice Kennedy, who was considered to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench.
As a result, Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment appears to secure a solid majority of conservatives on the U.S.'s highest court for years to come. A big win for Trump and the Republican Party. 
Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on Capitol Hill during the vote, chanting "We believe survivors".
Three women came forward shortly before Kavanaugh's confirmation, accusing him of sexual assault and harassment during his high school and university years. 
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations, but many Americans still fear that his confirmation could further divide the country and damage the Supreme Court's image as independent, impartial and fair.   
The U.S. Supreme Court often decides matters that shape the country's politics. It is both the highest appeals panel and a constitutional court.
Kavanaugh is now the second Supreme Court Justice put on the court by Trump.