Federalist Society welcomes Kavanaugh with standing ovation

Newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh Christine Blasey Ford receives ACLU courage award Election 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE received a standing ovation at the conservative Federalist Society's annual convention at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

Video of Kavanaugh's introduction posted on Twitter by BuzzFeed News reporter Zoe Tillman shows Kavanaugh being met with loud applause and cheers from the crowd as the conservative justice was introduced.

Kavanaugh's appearance at the group's annual National Lawyers Convention in Washington was one of the justice's first public appearances since his contentious but successful confirmation battle last month.

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The Federalist Society, a conservative judicial policy group, is thought to have pitched Kavanaugh's nomination to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE and the group's president, Leonard Leo, has advised Trump for months on judicial nominees at various levels.

In 2001, Kavanaugh mentioned the group in an email chain uncovered by CNN in August in which he apparently complained about media coverage linking him to an "ongoing" relationship with the group, noting that he and others had resigned from the society.