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Susan Collins of ME was among the senators who new Justice Brett Kavanaugh singled out for "special gratitude" Monday evening during his ceremonial swearing in to the Supreme Court at the White House.

But Trump, who last week publicly mocked Ford, continued to stoke political divisions at Monday's ceremony, saying Kavanaugh had been the victim of "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception".

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Ultimately, Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50-48.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations and during a Senate hearing accused Democrats of an "orchestrated political hit".

Mr Kavanaugh returned to the White House for a televised appearance on Monday (local time) with Mr Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections.

At times he cried, at other times he shouted, leading many to wonder whether - regardless of whether Dr Ford's claim was true - he lacked the temperament for a lifetime appointment in the US's most powerful court.

The two-vote margin of victory in the Senate made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 - and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retired justice Anthony Kennedy - long seen as a swing vote - was controversial from the start.

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Referring to a 2010 decision known as Curtis Johnson, Kavanaugh asked Justice Department lawyer Frederick Liu what the court should do "if we're trying to follow Curtis Johnson strictly?" "No one who felt the force of that anger could possibly believe that Kavanaugh might actually be a detached and impartial judge".

Kavanaugh will take part in an entirely ceremonial swearing-in two days after he officially became a member of the high court and following a bitter partisan fight over his nomination. Every sitting member of the Supreme Court was present at the ceremony.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday praised his party's senators, whom he said re-established the "presumption of innocence" in confirmation hearings. "I've worked hard throughout my career to promote the advancement of women", he said.

"I´ve always been told it´s the biggest thing a president can do and I can understand that", he said.

Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, Neil Gorsuch, also took part in a White House oath ceremony.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting".

Kavanaugh moved to the Supreme Court after spending 12 years as a judge on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, building a conservative judicial record.

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy. "And now they want to impeach him". "The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".