Who is Brett Kavanaugh, US Supreme Court's new judge

07 October, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Police officers lead several protesters away from Flake's office Friday after the Senate cloture vote

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts shortly after the vote. Joe Manchin crossing the aisle and becoming the only Democrat to support Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation was thrown into doubt after a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Christine Blasey Ford alleged the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

In regards to Kavanaugh and the sexual assault accusations surrounding him, she said that she was glad that boh Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and he were heard and that the FBI investigation was conducted. Dianne Feinstein - possibly an erroneous reference to her bill to end family separations - before quickly calling her "Leaking Dianne Feinstein" and mocking her denial that she or her staff leaked a letter from Ford accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

"I could see a very plausible scenario where they are both telling the truth as they know it, and he is forgetting something that happened when he was drunk", she said. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent. He emphatically denied the allegations.

The hearing triggered a "limited" FBI investigation into the allegations.

Kavanaugh will help take the highest US court to the right, perhaps for many years, and his confirmation is a bitter blow to Democrats already chafing at Republican control of the White House and both chambers of the US Congress.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "We're very honored that he was able to withstand this awful, frightful attack by the Democrats".

But Senate Republicans were satisfied with the investigation, and on Friday morning senators voted on cloture - that is, whether to limit debate on the nomination and require a final vote within 30 hours.

Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanize Democrats at the polls. Susan Collins of ME isn't up for re-election until 2020, but critics vowed Saturday she'll pay a political price for voting for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


"We must listen to survivors", Collins declared Friday in a sweeping Senate floor speech about doing the right thing, moments before pledging to vote for Kavanaugh.

Republicans had accused Democrats of seeking to delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh in the hope that they will make gains in the mid-term elections in November and stop his appointment altogether.

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday. On Thursday, almost 300 protesters, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer, were detained by Capitol Police during a demonstration. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate with a 54-45 vote months later.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".

He graduated with a law degree from Yale and clerked for Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court. McConnell extolled Kavanaugh as a "superstar, a serious scholar" who is "legendary for his preparation and possesses the qualifications, the temperament and judicial philosophy" to be a brilliant justice.

But there was a show of solidarity at the Supreme Court last night, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan - two conservatives and two liberals - looked on to welcome the newest member.

"Judge Kavanaugh was entitled to an up-or-down vote".

Acrimonious to the end, the battle featured a climactic roll call that was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate Gallery before Capitol Police removed them. She voted "present", balancing out Daines' absence.

Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a fellow moderate and a friend of Collins, became the only Republican to say she opposed Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, in an opinion piece published this week in The Wall Street Journal, said he views his role as a judge as that of "an umpire - a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no political party, litigant or policy".

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