Donald Trump and Melania Trump Visit Supreme Court for Brett Kavanaugh Investiture

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (L) shakes hands with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy after Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing in with his wife Ashley, youngest daughter Liza, oldest daughter Margaret and President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House October 08, 2018 …
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to the Supreme Court on Thursday for the investiture ceremony for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

White House reporters were unable to bring any laptops, phones, or cameras into the Supreme Court but took notes about the event inside.

The Supreme Court said that Kavanaugh would not take the traditional walk down the courthouse steps, because of security concerns.

The walk down the steps allows the public to see the newly appointed justice in his robes together with the Chief Justice and allows photographers to capture the moment.

Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told the Associated Press last week that the decision to cancel the walk down the steps was made “out of an abundance of caution due to security concerns.”

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker presided over the investiture ceremony after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired on Wednesday.

The president and the first lady also attended the investiture ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch in June 2017.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed the ceremony after she was admitted to the hospital after falling in her office and breaking three ribs, according to a statement from the Supreme Court.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office at the court last evening,” the statement read. “She went home, but after experiencing discomfort overnight, went to George Washington University Hospital early this morning.”


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