Finally, on Thursday, new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s formal investiture ceremony took place.
In attendance were both President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, according to the Washington Post.
While Kavanaugh was sworn in immediately after his October confirmation, his official welcoming ceremony at the Supreme Court had not yet taken place.
This is traditionally a ceremony that is full of pomp and circumstance, but Kavanaugh ended up getting a scaled down version of it.
Normally, during an investiture ceremony, the new justice would walk down the front steps of the Supreme Court building for photos.
But this was something that could not be done during this ceremony due to protests and concerns over Kavanaugh’s safety.
Even so, it was a great day for both Kavanaugh and the president.
Big Names In Attendance
The ceremony was performed by the new acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker.
This was his first official public act as the attorney general.
In addition to the current justices on the high court– except Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was recovering from an injury — two previous Supreme Court nominees were also present.
Those attendees included Judge Merrick Garland, who served with Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court and was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Harriet Miers, who was actually Kavanaugh’s boss during his tenure in George W. Bush’s White House, was also in attendance.
She had been nominated by President Bush, but withdrew after facing severe opposition.
President Trump and his wife were also in attendance, though the president did not give a formal speech at the event.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also made an appearance in celebration of the new justice.