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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 GrassleyDems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request MORE (R-Iowa), the newspaper reported.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) ManchinTrump makes new overtures to Democrats Gillibrand backs Manchin, Bredesen despite their support of Kavanaugh Senate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees 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 TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE will preside over a formal ceremony on Monday night at the White House.