New US Supreme Court Justice Takes Part in White House Ceremony
The newest member of America's highest court has taken part in a ceremony with President Donald Trump at the White House.
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn-in as United States Supreme Court Justice Saturday shortly after winning Senate approval in a 50 to 48 vote. But now he has taken an oath of service a second time for ceremonial reasons only.
The televised event took place just one month before the United States holds mid-term elections.
Kavanaugh joined the court after several weeks of heated debate among senators and the U.S. public. A California college professor had accused him of a sexual attack she said took place when they were both teenagers. He strongly denied the accusation, saying he had never acted in such a way toward any woman.
A Federal Bureau of Investigation report said its limited investigation ordered by the president found no evidence to support the accusation.
Trump continues to blame members of the Democratic Party for the debate over Kavanaugh's appointment. On Monday, he called the situation a disgrace. Kavanaugh was, in his words, "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats."
Saturday's Senate vote was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.
On Sunday, Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell signaled that he is willing to consider another high court nomination if one opens in the 2020 presidential election season.
In 2016, the Republican-run Senate decided not to consider then-President Barack Obama's high court nominee Merrick Garland. McConnell blocked a vote on the nominee, arguing that there was a tradition of not filling vacancies on the Supreme Court in presidential election years. But when asked about that on the television program Fox News Sunday, he offered a different opinion. He said that inaction on nominees is suggested only when the Senate is controlled by a party in opposition to the president.
McConnell said, "We'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020."
Positions on the Supreme Court only become available if a current justice dies or decides to leave.
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1.set up 成立
In remembrance of the battle, we set up a museum.
为纪念那次战役, 我们建立了一座博物馆 。
2.took place 发生；举行
The same changes took place again and again.
3.caught up in 陷入；卷入
The safety of civilians caught up in the fighting must be guaranteed.
4.in opposition to 反对
Not all residents are in opposition to the offshore oil plans.
5.The newest member of America's highest court has taken part in a ceremony with President Donald Trump at the White House.
taken part in 参加
They returned to take part in the season's opening game.
You don't need strength to take part in this sport.
6.But now he has taken an oath of service a second time for ceremonial reasons only.
taken an oath 宣誓
The constitution requires members of parliament to take an oath of allegiance
Everyone had to take an oath of allegiance to the new ruler.
上周六，卡瓦诺宣誓就任美国最高法院大法官，此前他以50票对48票获得参议院的批准 。而这第二次的宣誓就职只是一种礼仪 。
在参议员和美国公众进行数周的激烈辩论后，卡瓦诺最终进入最高法院 。一位加州大学教授指控卡瓦诺性侵，并称两人当时都是青少年 。
特朗普继续指责民主党议员针对卡瓦诺任命的争议 。周一，他称这是一种耻辱 。他说，卡瓦诺陷入了民主党策划的一场骗局里 。
2016年，共和党主导的参议院决定不考虑时任总统奥巴马提名的最高法院大法官梅里克·加兰 。麦康奈尔阻止了对被提名人的投票，他辩称，在总统选举年，美国有不填补最高法院空缺的惯例 。而周日在福克斯新闻电视节目中被问及此事时，他改口提出不同见解 。他表示，只有在参议院由反对总统的政党控制时，才会提议对提名者采取不作为 。