Justice Kavanaugh keeps promise to hire all-female law clerk team: report

Justice Kavanaugh keeps promise to hire all-female law clerk team: report
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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has hired four women to clerk for him, maintaining a pledge during his confirmation process to hire an all-female staff, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The hires reportedly make Kavanaugh, who was confirmed and sworn in over the weekend, the first Supreme Court justice to have an all-female staff.

The Times reported that only one of the four women, Kim Jackson, previously worked for Kavanaugh at the appellate court level. The other three are Shannon Grammel, Megan Lacy and Sara Nommensen, each of whom worked for appeals court judges appointed by Republicans, it added.

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Lacy has also worked for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost The 7 most interesting nuggets from the Mueller report Government report says new NAFTA would have minimal impact on economy MORE (R-Iowa), the newspaper reported.

Kavanaugh told senators last month in his confirmation hearing that the majority of his clerks during his 12 years as a federal judge have been women in an effort to improve representation, and that, if confirmed, he planned to hire all women for his initial staff.

That pledge came prior to allegations of sexual misconduct surfacing against Kavanaugh.

He and Christine Blasey Ford testified late last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee over her allegation that he pinned her to a bed and groped her during a high school party in the 1980s.

Two other women later came forward with sexual misconduct allegations, all of which Kavanaugh has adamantly denied.

Following a brief supplementary FBI investigation into the claims, the Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh. One Republican voted "present," and another was absent, while Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Cain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed Pro-life Christians are demanding pollution protections MORE (D-W.Va.) was the lone Democrat to vote for the judge.

While Kavanaugh was officially sworn in on Saturday evening, President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE will preside over a formal ceremony on Monday night at the White House.