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Kavanaugh sworn in as Supreme Court justice

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The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):
  
6:20 p.m.
  
Brett Kavanaugh has taken the oaths of office to become the 114th Supreme Court justice, just a couple of hours after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him.
  
The quick swearing in enables Kavanaugh to begin work immediately in advance of arguments at the court Tuesday in two cases involving prison sentences for repeat offenders.
  
The court says Kavanaugh took the oath required by the Constitution and another for judges that is part of federal law in the same room where the justices meet for their private conferences.
  
The 53-year-old justice's wife, children and parents were in attendance.
  
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath. Kavanaugh is replacing Kennedy on the bench and once served as his law clerk.
  
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6:05 p.m.
  
Protesters are occupying the steps of the Supreme Court following the Senate's confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.
  
The demonstrators went up the steps of the Supreme Court holding signs and chanting, "we believe survivors" and "hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh has got to go."
  
Officers are blocking the doors to the court and are face to face with the protesters. Some of the demonstrators are hanging from the columns of the building, and women are sitting on the two marble statues beside the steps.
  
Republicans have denounced the protests that have gripped the Capitol in recent days as "mob rule."
  
Kavanaugh was confirmed as an associate justice Saturday in a 50-48 Senate vote. The Supreme Court says he will be sworn in as a justice later Saturday.
  
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5:20 p.m.
  
President Donald Trump flashed two thumbs up when the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He also criticized Democrats for what he called a "horrible, horrible attack" on Kavanaugh.
  
Trump watched the vote Saturday in his private cabin aboard Air Force One as he flew to a campaign rally in Kansas. He invited reporters to join him as the votes were tallied.
  
Trump predicted the appeals court judge would be a "totally brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years," and went on to praise Kavanaugh's "temperament, his incredible past, his outstanding years on the court."
  
Trump blamed Democrats for the controversy over allegations of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was a high school and college student.
  
He called it "a horrible attack that nobody should have to go through."

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