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Standing Ovations as Kavanaugh condemned the "high price" of confirmation



S Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was warmly received in his first speech since his tumultuous confirmation by a conservative room.

Kavanaugh, 54, gave the ceremonial address at the Federalist Society's Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner. About 2,300 guests attended the meeting, which took place in the main hall of Union Station, Washington, DC.

The judiciary received a series of standing ovations during the event and, unlike other speakers, did not speak about President Trump's sweeping number of judicial appointments. Kavanaugh thanked those who assisted him in his confirmation.

"My friends paid a heavy price ̵

1; far too high a price. I'm well aware of that and it hurts me every day, "Kavanaugh said. "I signed up for something I knew was an ugly process – maybe not so ugly – but my friends did not. And yet they got up in the middle of the action and stood to me.

The quiet and friendly atmosphere in the hall was in stark contrast to the protests outside. The demonstrators wore red hooded coats and played the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford on a big screen outside the Black Tie event.

Ford claims that the judiciary sexually assaulted her in 1982 during a small rally in a house in suburban Maryland. Kavanaugh has denied the charge.

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump to the Supreme Court in July 2018 following the resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy. His affirmation marked a conservative 5-4 majority in the nation's highest court.


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