Brett Kavanaugh swearing in ceremony

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Saturday Oct. 6 2018 in Topeka Kan.					Charlie Riedel  AP

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Saturday Oct. 6 2018 in Topeka Kan. Charlie Riedel AP

Just three days after he was narrowly confirmed to the US Supreme Court despite facing allegations of sexual assault, Brett Kavanaugh is set to take his seat on the bench on Tuesday morning, solidifying a conservative majority for years to come.

In a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, following a torrid confirmation process that divided America, the USA president slammed Democrat opponents for having waged a "campaign of personal destruction" against Justice Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh said he will "always be a team player on the team of nine". He told an audience that included the entire Supreme Court and a Who's Who of Republican movers and shakers that he had "no bitterness" and would never bring politics into the top court.

As he left the White House for an event in Florida on Monday, Mr Trump said: "So I've been hearing that now they're thinking about impeaching a brilliant jurist". Only one Democrat voted for Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh also announced that all four of his law clerks will be women - "a first in the history of the Supreme Court".

Trump and his fellow Republicans are hoping the confirmation of the 53-year-old conservative jurist will energize their supporters in the midterm voting when political control of Congress is at stake. But in the context of that broad public opposition, Trump's gesture should be seen as one more big, unfurled middle finger in the faces of millions of Americans who found this whole affair deeply wrenching, and thought the claims against Kavanaugh merited good-faith consideration as part of a broader societal shift towards taking sexual assault seriously.

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Fall Gala in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 6, 2018. Justice Kavanaugh took the two required oaths privately at the court last Saturday, letting him begin work right away.

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The court will be hearing arguments in two previously little-noticed cases involving the Armed Career Criminal Act, a federal law that imposes heightened penalties on people who repeatedly commit serious crimes.

Senator Chris Coons of DE called impeachment talk "premature", while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it "would not be my plan" to impeach the justice.

But after being sworn in, Kavanaugh struck a markedly more conciliatory tone.

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Kavanaugh, in turn, attacked the Dem senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee for what he called an orchestrated "hit" meant to exact revenge for the Clintons, warning the Dems on the committee "what goes around comes around". The president's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonising political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

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