Big Screen Plays Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Outside Kavanaugh Black-Tie Event

Brett Kavanaugh associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court poses during the formal group

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was hailed during an appearance at a gala by the conservative Federalist Society. People risked their jobs and livelihoods. But, he quickly added, "maybe not that ugly".

It wasn't until Kavanaugh spoke about his youngest daughter's prayers during the confirmation hearings that his composure faltered. Kavanaugh's appointment was subsequently confirmed despite Ford's testimony.

Other conservatives to be targeted by protesters in recent years include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former White House press secertary Sarah Sanders and former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Kavanaugh said McGahn sent him video clips of the movie Miracle, about the 1980 US men's hockey team and its unlikely bid for Olympic gold, to inspire him throughout the confirmation process.

Notably absent from Kavanaugh's list was the man who nominated him to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat: President Trump.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., an outspoken critic of the court, said the White House has "in-sourced" the society to select President Donald Trump's justice nominees, calling it a machine run by its executive vice president, Leonard Leo, to turn "hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money into federal judges".

For his part, Justice Kavanaugh has tried to smooth over the controversy.

A billboard screened Christine Blasey Ford's testimony to Congress outside a private dinner in Washington DC where Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh was scheduled to speak on November 14. He was confirmed by just two votes on October 6, 2018. "... How could anyone who enters the Supreme Court believe that Kavanaugh will rule fairly and without bias knowing how invested he is in the Federalist Society's extremely partisan mission?"

Kavanaugh was a speaker at the annual Federalist Society 2019 National Lawyers Convention black-tie dinner, known as the "nation's premier gathering of conservatives in the law", USA TODAY reported.

His appearance did not go off without a hitch. Protesters also set up a banner reading "Kavanaugh lied" outside of the VIP entrance to the event. Attendees waiting outside the venue before it began were met by protestors - some dressed as handmaids - chanting in protest. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Kavanaugh, 54, has kept a low profile since his polarizing 2018 confirmation battle - one of the most divisive in history - which involved claims he sexually assaulted several women while in high school and college.

One of his first acts as a justice was to hire four Supreme Court law clerks - all women - a move that garnered repeated public praise from Ginsburg . A court that, in this term alone, will hear cases on almost every major flashpoint in American society, including: abortion, guns, LGBTQ rights, the environment, religion in public schools and the future of DACA.

The justice conceded during his talk that friends "paid a heavy price, too heavy a price" for their support during the hearings, including losing business and being insulted and threatened. This term will test that premise.

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