Federalist Society welcomes Kavanaugh with standing ovation

Newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughFor Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty COVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries Defusing the judicial confirmation process 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 TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump 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.